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  • American History Magazine

    Can We Come to Terms With China?

    The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China’s War on Foreigners That Shook the World in the Summer of 1900 by Diana Preston The 1900 uprising against foreigners in China—led by a society of martial artists secretly encouraged by...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Hard Liquor, Easy Duty

    The 15th United States Infantry Regiment at Tientsin—”the Can Do Boys,” as they liked to be called—may have had a very martial-sounding motto, but they didn’t do much. They didn’t have to; they had the cushiest...

  • World War II Magazine

    What was the Navy Doing in China?

    Spying, weather reporting, training Chinese fighters— and battling foes within. “What the hell is the navy doing here?” That’s how U.S. Navy radioman Richard Rutan was greeted when he stepped down from a C-47 plane in central China...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Poetry | Of Soldiers and Generals

    Li Bai (701–762) is widely regarded as China’s greatest poet. In 756 he became unofficial poet laureate to Prince Li Lin, the 16th of Emperor Xuanzong’s 30 sons, who tried to seize power in an unsuccessful uprising against the Tang...

  • Military History Book Reviews

    Book Review: A Few Planes for China

    Eugenie Buchan explores the origins and exploits of the Flying Tigers in China during World War II...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Ambush by the China Blitzers

    A handful of American pilots in war-weary P-40s took on 32 Zeros over Nanning, with surprising success. As he neared the Allied air base at Nanning on April 5, 1944, Japanese navy pilot Ippei Yoshida grew uneasy. Yoshida’s air group and...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Truman Fires MacArthur

    Harry S. Truman’s distinguished biographer recounts events surrounding the headline that stunned the world...

  • World War II Magazine

    FDR’s China Syndrome

    The Asian giant had a powerful hold on the president’s imagination— one that shaped his wartime policy for the worse. Tourists trudging through the Roosevelt family seat in Hyde Park, New York, pass by Ming vases, a dinner gong, and...

  • World War II Magazine

    The Shanghai Gambit

    When China lured Japan into urban combat in 1937, the result revealed the Empire’s strengths—and its liabilities. All throughout the 1930s, Japan pecked at China, provoking “incidents,” demanding apologies, brandishing ultimatums,...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Book Review: Forgotten Ally

    Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II 1937–1945 By Rana Mitter. 464 pp. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. $30. China’s “War of Resistance” against Japan has lingered as a haunting gap in our understanding of World War II. After the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Hallowed Ground | Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum, Nanjing, China

    The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum owes its 1958 establishment to Chinese Communist Chairman Mao Zedong, who claimed the 1850–64 Taiping Rebellion as an early communist revolution. Mao further underscored the museum’s...

  • HistoryNet

    Task Force Faith: Heroism in Korea, 1950

    Surrounded and outnumbered, U.S. Army Soldiers battled Chinese troops in desperate combat at Chosin Reservoir. In November 1950, five months after the Korean War began with communist North Korea’s June 25 invasion of democratic South...

  • HistoryNet

    Sino-Vietnamese War, 1979

    China sought to punish Vietnam, yet both sides claimed victory in the short but bloody war. On February 17, 1979, troops from the People’s Republic of China attacked the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in what became known as the...

  • HistoryNet

    You Command: Chinese Defense at Shanghai, 1937

    By mid-1937, Imperial Japan’s aggressive expansionist actions against its Asian neighbors had provoked a major war with China. The path to this conflict between the two East Asian powers dated back to at least 1894-95 during the First...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Controlling Changsha, Controlling China

    Now all but forgotten, Changsha was one of the most bitterly contested cities of the Pacific War. The city of Changsha is today, as it was in the 1930s, a bustling urban space amid the bountiful rice fields of China’s Hunan Province. Its...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- April 2014

    Art Stash May Include Nazi Loot During and after the war in Europe the Allies recovered five million works of art and cultural relics looted by the Nazis. But 1,400 pieces that got away are now upending the art world. A magazine in Germany...