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Beyond Suffering

Recounting War in Modern China

China was afflicted by a brutal succession of conflicts through much of the 19th and 20th centuries. In this examination of how wartime suffering defined the nation and shaped its people, a distinguished group of historians of modern China look beyond the geopolitical aspects of war to explore its social, institutional, and cultural dimensions, from child rearing and education to massacres and warlord mutinies. Though accounts of war-inflicted suffering are often fragmented or politically motivated, the authors show that they are crucial to understanding the multiple fronts on which wars are fought, experienced, and remembered.

About the Authors

James Flath is an associate professor of history at the University of Western Ontario. Norman Smith is an associate professor of history at the University of Guelph. Other contributors include Timothy Brook, Blaine Chiasson, Colin Green, Chang Jui-te, Diana Lary, Bernard Hung-kay Luk, Edward A. McCord, M. Colette Plum, Michael Szonyi, Alexander Woodside, and Victor Zatsepine

Endorsements

"This is a very powerful volume, which sheds light on a variety of topics that scholarship, particularly in English, does not sufficiently cover - the wartime bombing of China, Russian imperialism in northeastern China, and the makeup of the Nationalist army during wartime. With its focus on the social history of warfare in China, Beyond Suffering makes a major contribution to the field."—Rana Mitter, editor of Ruptured Histories: War and Memory in Post-Cold War Asia

"Uniformly well-researched and written, Beyond Suffering is a book that I would use in my graduate seminars. This important work covers a wide range of topics and issues and, since few studies deal with the impact of warfare and militarization on modern China, it should find a receptive audience."—Parks M. Coble, author of Chinese Capitalists in Japan's New Order: The Occupied Lower Yangzi, 1937-1945

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