From January 10 to April 17, 2014, David Curtis Wright was in Taiwan at the Taiwan History Institute of the Academia Sinica, studying the imprisonment of dissident intellectuals during Taiwan's White Terror period, courtesy of a fellowship from the ROC's Ministry of Foreign Affairs administered through the Center for Chinese Studies. He also gave two presentations at Mainland venues, on April 1, 2014, a talk on China and the Arctic at the Ocean University of China in Qingdao and on April 4, 2014, a talk on Taiwan's White Terror period in Beijing at the Communist Party History Teaching and Research Section of the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (中共中央党校中共党史教研部).

Ja Ian Chong's article "Popular Narratives versus Chinese History: Implications for Understanding an Emergent China" was published in the _European Journal of International Relations_ (November 27, 2013). The article touches on the 1937-1945 Sino-Japanese War and conflict involving China in the pre-modern era. It is available at <> and < Chinese_History_Implications_for_Understanding_an_Emergent_China>

Lei Duan, a Ph.D. candidate in modern Chinese history at Syracuse University, has been selected as a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, where he conducted archival research during the summer of 2013. He also received a research grant from the China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC) of the Association for Asian Studies to support his research trip to Taiwan and mainland China. He is currently working on his dissertation, which focuses on private gun ownership in modern China

Ulrich Theobald's book: War Finance and Logistics in Late Imperial China: A Study of the Second Jinchuan Campaign (1771-1776) was published by Brill in July 2013. Here's the blurb:  "In his book _War Finance and Logistics in Late Imperial China_, Ulrich Theobald shows how the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) overcame the tyranny of logistics and successfully enlarged the territory of its empire. A detailed analysis of the long and expensive second Jinchuan war (1771-1776) in Eastern Tibet demonstrates that the Chinese state ordered its civilian officials as well as the common people, merchant associations, and different ethnic groups to fulfil and foot the bill for the 'common cause.'"  Ulrich Theobald, Ph.D. (2009) in Chinese Studies, Tübingen, is a Lecturer for Chinese History and Classical Chinese at Tübingen University. He has published on military labor, border peoples, and Chinese empresses, and owns the online encyclopedia <>.

Philosophers of War: The Evolution of History's Greatest Military Thinkers, a two-volume reference work edited by Daniel Coetzee and Lee W. Eysturlid, was published by Praeger in the fall of 2013. It includes contributions by Peter Lorge (Shang Yang, Ssu-ma Ch'ien), David Graff (Sun Tzu, Li Jing, Li Ch'üan), and Morgan Deane (Ch'i Chi-kuang).

Peter Lorge's edited volume "Debating War in Chinese History" was published by Brill earlier this year. Here's the cover blurb followed by table of contents:

Chinese rulers and statesmen were naturally concerned about the issue of war, when to wage it, when it was justified, and when to avoid it. Although much has been asserted about how these issues were understood in Chinese culture, this work is the first study actually to focus on the debates themselves.These debates at court proceeded from specific understandings of what constituted evidence, and involved the practical concerns of policy as well as more general cultural values. The result is a decidedly messy portrait of Chinese decision making over two millennia that is neither distinctly Chinese nor entirely generic.
  • Peter Lorge, "Introduction"
  • Paul van Els, "Righteous, Furious, or Arrogant? On Classifications of Warfare in Early Chinese Texts"
  • Shu-hui Wu, "Debates and Decision-Making: The Battle of the Altai Mountains (Jinweishan) in AD 91"
  • Garret Olberding, "The Debate Between Wang Hui and Han Anguo: A Case Study of Early Han Military Addresses"
  • Peter Lorge, "Fighting Against Empire: Resistance to the Later Zhou and Song Conquest of China"
  • David Curtis Wright, "Debates in the Field During Bayan's Campaigns Against Southern Song China, 1274-1276"
  • Kenneth M. Swope, "As Close as Lips and Teeth: Debating the Ming Intervention in Korea"
  • David Pong, "To War or Not to War: Decisions for War in Late Imperia China, 1870s-1900"
  • Parks M. Coble, "Debating War in China: The Decision to Go to War,July-August 1937"

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