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Scars of War

The Impact of Warfare on Modern China

Throughout its modern history, China has suffered from immense destruction and loss of life from warfare. During its worst period of warfare, the eight years of the Anti-Japanese War (1937-45), millions of civilians lost their lives. For China, the story of modern war-related death and suffering has remained hidden. Hundreds of massacres are still unrecognized by the outside world and even by China itself. The focus of this original hisotry is on the social and psychological, not the economic, costs of war on the country.

Table of Contents

Introduction / Diana Lary and Stephen MacKinnon

1. Burn, Rape, Kill and Rob: Military Atrocities, Warlordism and Anti-Warlordism in Republican China / Edward McCord

2. The Pacification of Jiading / Timothy Brook

3. Atrocities in Nanjing: Searching for Explanations / Yang Daqing

4. Ravaged Place: The Devastation of the Xuzhou Region, 1938 / Diana Lary

5. Refugee Flight at the outset of the Sino-Japanese War / Stephen MacKinnon

6. The Politics of Commemoration / Chang Jui-te

7. Between Martyrdom and Mischief / Neil Diamant




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