Hardback
December 1, 2022
9781647122812
English
200
6 maps
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
$104.95 USD, £78.00 GBP
v2.1 Reference
Paperback / softback
December 1, 2022
9781647122829
English
200
6 maps
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
$34.95 USD, £26.50 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Mao's Army Goes to Sea

The Island Campaigns and the Founding of China's Navy

The first detailed book in the West about the founding of China's navy and the significance of that founding era today

From 1949 to 1950, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) made crucial decisions to establish a navy and secure China's periphery. The civil war had been fought with a peasant army, yet to capture key offshore islands from the Nationalist rival, Mao Zedong needed to develop maritime capabilities. Mao's Army Goes to Sea is a groundbreaking history of the founding of the Chinese navy and Communist China's earliest island-seizing campaigns.

By providing the definitive account of this little-known yet critical moment in China's naval history, author Toshi Yoshihara shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, the People's Republic of China paid close attention to naval affairs during its earliest years. Chinese leaders possessed a clear vision and independent agency, refashioning the stratagems and tactics honed over decades of revolutionary struggle on land for nautical purposes. Despite serious material shortcomings, a lack of formal naval training, and some early military disasters, the PLA ultimately scored important victories over its Nationalist foes as it captured offshore islands to secure its position.

Drawing extensively from newly available Chinese-language sources, this book reveals how the navy-building process, sea battles, and contested offshore landings had a lasting influence on the PLA. Even today, the institution's identity, strategy, doctrine, and structure are conditioned by these early experiences and myths. Mao's Army Goes to Sea will help US policymakers and scholars place China's recent maritime achievements in proper historical context — and provide insight into how its navy may act in the future.

About the Author

Toshi Yoshihara is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. He previously held the inaugural John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies at the US Naval War College. Yoshihara is coauthor of Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to US Maritime Strategy and coeditor of Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age: Power, Ambition, and the Ultimate Weapon.

Reviews

"Yoshihara, an authority on the Chinese navy, shows how the history of the founding and initial campaigns of the PLAN from 1949 to 1950 can contribute to our understanding of China's naval development and strategy in the era of Xi Jinping. This book is a must read for those interested in modern Chinese military history or in contemporary Chinese military affairs." — Harold M. Tanner, professor of history, University of North Texas

"Mao Goes to Sea is a unique and extraordinary contribution to understanding the PLA Navy of today. In a time when technology and hardware dominate assessments and comparisons of naval power history inescapably shapes perspectives, culture, and military ethos. Toshi Yoshihara brings that home in his superbly researched narrative of the PLA Navy's founding and earleist battles. A must and priority read for anyone, student to practitioner, seeking to understand the motivation and maritime ambition of the PRC and the ethos of its modern navy." — Admiral Gary Roughead, U.S. Navy (Retired) , Former U.S. Navy Chief of Operations

"Toshi Yoshihara's Mao's Army Goes to Sea is another masterpiece, describing all the factors present at the creation of the PLA Navy's strategic and organizational culture at its birth. This culture is on parade now as China expands its regional and global influence." — "Wallace "Chip" Gregson, LtGen USMC (ret), former Assistant Secretary of Defense for

Asian and Pacific Security Affairs

"Toshi Yoshihara's superb analysis of the Chinese turn to the sea and naval campaigns in the post-civil war period is a must-read for historians and strategists. Yoshihara's use of unique Chinese language resources opens windows into how China may approach naval warfare, logistics support and small island warfare today." — Larry Wortzel, Senior Fellow, American Foreign Policy Council

"A must read for those interested in modern Chinese military history or in contemporary Chinese military affairs." — Harold M. Tanner, Professor of history, University of North Texas

"A priority read for anyone, student to practitioner, seeking to understand the motivation and maritime ambition of the PRC and the ethos of its modern navy." — Adm. Gary Roughead, USN (Ret.), former US Navy chief of operations
Georgetown University Press

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Hardback
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