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by Mark Peattie,Edward Drea,Hans van de Ven


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Mark R. van de Ven, eds. The Battle for China: Essays on the Military History of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945. Stanford Stanford University Press, 2010. The Sino-Japanese War of 1937-45 was immense both in its scale and consequences. Nevertheless, Western military histories of World War II have focused overwhelmingly on the campaigns of the European and Pacific theaters, and those specialized studies of the conflict that do exist deal primarily with such matters as diplomacy; politics; mass mobilization; and, in more recent years, Japanese atrocities and public memory.

The detailed chronology of the Japanese War 1937-1945 and the opening essay "An Overview of Major Military Campaigns during the Sino-Japanese War 1937-1945" which provides a blow by blow analysis of the war are well written and was exactly what I was looking for. These were. These were followed by many specialist topics such as the morale of the Japanese soldier, KMT and Communist guerrilla warfare, the Burma theater and individual campaigns that should excite the military buffs. These were also well complemented and summarized by the concluding essays.

Winner of the 2012 Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award (non-US). Most studies of the Sino-Japanese War are presented from the perspective of the West. Departing from this tradition, The Battle for China brings together Chinese, Japanese, and Western scholars to provide a comprehensive and multifaceted overview of the military operations that shaped much of what happened in political, economic, and cultural realms.

The Battle for China book. Winner of the 2012 Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award (non-US). Departing from this tradition, The Battle for China brings together Chinese, Japanese, and Western scholars to provide a comprehensive and multifaceted overview of the military operations that shaped much of Winner of the 2012 Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award (non-US).

This book is the fruit of a collaborative international project initiated by Ezra Vogel, the purpose of which was to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945) beyond the often narrow perspectives of past Western historiography. a comprehensive history focusing specifically on the military operations of the war. The need for such a book is obvious.

Peattie, Mark, Edward Drea, and Hans van de Ven, eds. The Battle for China: Essays on the Military History of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937- 1945.

Of all published articles, the following were the most read within the past 12 months. The New Silk Road and China’s Evolving Grand Strategy.

The Sino-Japanese War, 1937–1941: From Marco Polo Bridge to Pearl Harbor. Battle for China: Essays in the Military History of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937–1945. New York: Macmillan, 1974. The Complete History of the Greater East Asia War. Tokyo: Headquarters 500th Military Intelligence Service Group, 1953. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010. Van de Ve.

The Sino-Japanese War has inspired numerous specialized studies-some analyzing diplomatic relations, some addressing specific incidents, and still others documenting the rise of Communism in China. The war itself, however, has usually been presented from the perspective of the West. Стр. 253 In 1945, with the advance of American airpower in the western Pacific coming ever closer to the Japanese homeland, the Japanese air presence in China was once more reduced to about one hundred operational aircraft.

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Winner of the 2012 Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award (non-US).

Most studies of the Sino-Japanese War are presented from the perspective of the West. Departing from this tradition, The Battle for China brings together Chinese, Japanese, and Western scholars to provide a comprehensive and multifaceted overview of the military operations that shaped much of what happened in political, economic, and cultural realms. The volume's diverse contributors have taken pains to sustain a scholarly, dispassionate tone throughout their analyses of the course and the nature of military operations, from the Marco Polo Bridge Incident to the final campaigns of 1945. They present Western involvement in Sino-Japanese contexts, and establish the war's place in World War II and world history in general.


Comments: (7)

Era
Living in Hong Kong and given the ongoing tensions between China and Japan over the Diaoyutai / Senkaku islands, one has the sense that Sino-Japanese war has never disappeared from the collective memory. Indeed many movies continue to reference the period and one cannot turn on Chinese cable TV without seeing a couple of TV series dealing with that period.

However to the average person (including me) the actual details of the war remain vague, and while major events such as the Marco Polo Bridge, the fall of Nanjing, the Xian incident, the fall of Shanghai and Hong Kong, American support and the Flying Tigers are well known one doesn't get a broader sense of the conduct of the war and its wider implications.

Thus I am extremely grateful that this one volume work has been published and it has certainly lived up (and exceeded) my expectations.

The detailed chronology of the Japanese War 1937-1945 and the opening essay "An Overview of Major Military Campaigns during the Sino-Japanese War 1937-1945" which provides a blow by blow analysis of the war are well written and was exactly what I was looking for.

These were followed by many specialist topics such as the morale of the Japanese soldier, KMT and Communist guerrilla warfare, the Burma theater and individual campaigns that should excite the military buffs.

These were also well complemented and summarized by the concluding essays.

"The Strategic Correlation between the Sino-Japanese War and Pacific Wars"
"The Sino-Japanese War in History"
"The Sino Japanese War in the context of world history."

The description of the conflict as largely that of an agrarian society against an industrialized one was illuminating as were comparisons to Napoleon's war in the Spanish Peninsular in the 19th Century. Further topics such as the study of the benefits and limitations of strategic airpower and Mao's innovations in warfare by crafting a "people's army" are explored in greater depth than previous studies and there is a strong bibliography which can be used as a launchpad into further reading.

The balanced nature of the analysis of the various essays from Japanese and Chinese historians was also a strong recommendation for the further symposia of this type, especially in academic areas where there are emotionally charged issues.I hope this book, in a small way, can be used to help generate better understandings of the past and lessen political tension in the future.

However this book is marred by a minor flaw.

There are only 14 maps in the whole 600+ pages and the maps are all located in the front and are not in chronological order. They generally lack detail and some are difficult to read with the shading too light to easily distinguish areas and the keys are not comprehensive enough leaving some symbols unexplained. I can see that someone without a good understanding of Chinese geography would be quite confused by these maps.

But I would still give the book five stars. Essential to understanding that period in history!
Skunk Black
I haven't read all of the chapters of this edited book but I this was a very complicated conflict and not centrally controlled by the Japanese. Japan blundered into a series of conflicts instigated by lower level officers. Which does not absolve Tokyo of responsibility for the war. This is very much an academic history based on a variety of research done by individuals from the West and Asia. Scholars from China, Japan, and the U.S. cover a wide range of economic, political, social, and military topics. The main conclusion of most seems to be that Japan blundered into a war without a clear set of objectives and which was also a war that could not be won.
Forcestalker
An excellent scholarly study.
Tygrafym
This is an interesting collection of essays that attempt to bring aspects of the Sino-Japanese war into context using more modern assessments.
Hulore
After having almost completed reading the whole book, I have the following pieces of information that help revise my knowledge of the war that changed the course of modern Chinese history:

1. Japan had a Tokyo HQ's plan and a suggestion from a top commander, General Okamura Yasuji, to attack and subdue Chungking (a.k.a. Chongqing) in 1942 and 1944 respectively. But the situation in the Pacific and other considerations of the Tokyo HQ did not allow this from happening. (Cf. p.383-385, p. 428 and p. 438)
2. These eight years cost Japan with 410,000 soldiers perished (not including the wounded), and China with possibly 10 million soldiers perished, not including the wounded. -- P. 46.
While these Japanese soldiers have been deified as Shinto deities through the sacred deification rite held late at night at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, and their deeds formally inscribed in the deities registers enshrined in the highest honour in the Shrine, what honour, if any, have these Chinese soldiers ever received? They are but nameless souls perhaps. (The Yasukuni deification rite is described inside the Yushukan military museum in the Shrine, and with a model on display there.)
3. China had a conditional "victory" over Japan in September 1945. But the final victory belongs to the Chinese Communist Party. (Cf. Chapter 12 and Chapter 16)

An excellent collection of 20 papers for a conference held in Hawaii in early 2004 for this year, the 70th year after the ending of the SJW of the 20th century.

(Hardcover purchased at Amazon.ca (Canada) this June.)
The Battle for China: Essays on the Military History of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945 download epub
Humanities
Author: Mark Peattie,Edward Drea,Hans van de Ven
ISBN: 0804762066
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (December 10, 2010)
Pages: 664 pages