China’s Wars

Rousing the Dragon 1894-1949

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China’s Wars

Rousing the Dragon 1894-1949


This new history of China's pivotal wars from 1894 to 1949 explains how China was transformed from a isolated and ramshackle medieval empire into a fledgling new world power.

China is one of the great powers of the modern world. Yet in the late 19th century China was a ramshackle and isolated medieval empire upon whom the European colonial powers could impose their wishes at will.

China's Wars describes the series of conflicts from 1894 to 1949 that forged modern China, from colonial clashes such as the Boxer Rebellion, through the chaotic years of warlord domination to the Japanese invasion, the Second World War and the bitter Civil War that followed.

Previously unpublished photographs, contemporary pictures and specially-commissioned maps illustrate these tumultuous events and the men who fought them, events that would end with the eventual triumph of the Communist Party and the rise of modern China.

Table of Contents

The Sleeping Dragon

Chapter 1 Brutal awakening 1894–1911
Chapter 2 Revolution 1911–20
Chapter 3 High Warlordism 1920–28
Chapter 4 Undeclared Conflict 1928–37
Chapter 5 Full-scale war 1937–41
Chapter 6 World War in the East 1941–45
Chapter 7 Red Victory 1946–49


Product details

Published 20 Nov 2013
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 400
ISBN 9781472806734
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 120 b/w; 100 col
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Philip Jowett

Philip Jowett was born in Leeds in 1961 and has be…


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