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Beyond Suffering

Recounting War in Modern China

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Beyond Suffering

Recounting War in Modern China

China was afflicted by a brutal succession of conflicts through much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Yet there has never been clear understanding of how wartime suffering has defined the nation and shaped its people. In Beyond Suffering, a distinguished group of Chinese historians draws on often fragmentary accounts of nearly forgotten incidents to piece together the multiple fronts – social, institutional, and cultural – on which wars have been fought, experienced, and remembered. From the Blagoveshchensk Massacre to the trials of the Jiangxi Number One Children’s Home, these accounts of war-inflicted suffering bring us closer to understanding war and militarism in China.

Table of Contents

Introduction / James Flath and Norman Smith

Part 1: Society at War

1          Writing and Remembering the Battle against Opiates in Manchukuo / Norman Smith

2          War, Schools, China, Hong Kong: 1937-49 / Bernard Hung-kay Luk

3          Bombs Don’t Discriminate? Class, Gender, and Ethnicity in the Air-Raid-Shelter Experiences of the Wartime Chongqing Population / Chang Jui-te

4          Militarization and Jinmen (Quemoy) Society, 1949-92 / Michael Szonyi

Part 2: Institutional Engagement

5          The Blagoveshchensk Massacre of 1900: The Sino-Russian War and Global Imperialism / Victor Zatsepine

6          Victims and Victimizers: Warlord Soldiers and Mutinies in Republican China / Edward A. McCord

7          Turning Bad Iron into Polished Steel: Whampoa and the Rehabilitation of the Chinese Soldier / Colin Green

8          Orphans in the Family: Family Reform and Children’s Citizenship during the Anti-Japanese War, 1937-45 / M. Colette Plum

Part 3: Memory and Representation

9          Controlling Soldiers: The Memory Scars of Late Imperial China / Alexander Woodside


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