Modern Chinese Warfare, 1795-1989

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Taylor & Francis, Feb 22, 2001 - History - 384 pages
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Why did the Chinese empire collapse and why did it take so long for a new government to reunite China? Modern Chinese Warfare, 1795-1989 seeks to answer these questions by exploring the most important domestic and international conflicts over the past two hundred years, from the last half of the Qing empire through to modern day China. It reveals how most of China's wars during this period were fought to preserve unity in China, and examines their distinctly cyclical pattern of imperial decline, domestic chaos and finally the creation of a new unifying dynasty.
By 1989 this cycle appeared complete, but the author asks how long this government will be able to hold power. Exposing China as an imperialist country, and one which has often manipulated western powers in its favour, Bruce Elleman seeks to redress the views of China as a victimised nation.

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Dr. Elleman received a master of philosophy degree in 1987, an East Asian Certificate in 1988, and his PhD in 1993 at Columbia University. In addition, he completed a master of sciences degree at the London School of Economics in 1985, and a master of arts in national security and strategic studies (with distinction) at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, in 2004. Elleman's dissertation research on Sino-Soviet diplomatic relations was conducted in Russia (1988-89), the People's Republic of China (1990-91), Taiwan (1991-92), and Japan (1992-93). Dr. Elleman was a Title VIII Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1993-94, and National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1994-95. Elleman then taught in the History Department at Texas Christian University. He spent the 1998 calendar year at International Christian University, Tokyo, as a visiting fellow. In 2000, Dr. Elleman moved to the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the U.S. Naval War College. In 2002-2003 he was a research fellow at the Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, and the recipient of a Social Science Research Council grant for advanced research on Japan. His dissertation was published as Diplomacy and Deception: The Secret History of Sino-Soviet Diplomatic Relations, 1917-1927 (M. E. Sharpe, 1997). He coedited with Stephen Kotkin Mongolia in the Twentieth Century: Landlocked Cosmopolitan (Sharpe, 1999). His other books are Modern Chinese Warfare, 1795-1989 (Routledge, 2001, translated into Chinese); Wilson and China: A Revised History of the 1919 Shandong Question (Sharpe, 2002); Naval Mutinies of the Twentieth Century: An International Perspective, edited with Christopher Bell (Frank Cass, 2003, translated into Czech); Japanese-American Civilian Prisoner Exchanges and Detention Camps, 1941-45 (London: Routledge, 2006); and Naval Blockade and Seapower: Strategies and Counter-Strategies, 1805-2005, edited with S.C.M. Paine (Routledge, 2006). An edited book (with S.C.M. Paine), Naval Coalition Warfare: From the Napoleonic War to Operation Iraqi Freedom, is forthcoming in 2007. Currently Elleman is writing a history of the Chinese navy and, with S.C.M. Paine, a textbook on Chinese history. A fourth book in the maritime series that began with the 2003 work on naval mutinies is projected, focusing on piracy.

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