Beyond Suffering

Recounting War in Modern China

Edited by James A. Flath and Norman Smith

  • Published: 2011. Paperback 2012
  • Subject Listing: Asian Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 320 pp., 61 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

China was afflicted by a brutal succession of conflicts through much of the 19th and 20th centuries. In this examination of how wartime suffering defined the nation and shaped its people, a distinguished group of historians of modern China look beyond the geopolitical aspects of war to explore its social, institutional, and cultural dimensions, from child rearing and education to massacres and warlord mutinies. Though accounts of war-inflicted suffering are often fragmented or politically motivated, the authors show that they are crucial to understanding the multiple fronts on which wars are fought, experienced, and remembered.
James Flath is an associate professor of history at the University of Western Ontario. Norman Smith is an associate professor of history at the University of Guelph. Other contributors include Timothy Brook, Blaine Chiasson, Colin Green, Chang Jui-te, Diana Lary, Bernard Hung-kay Luk, Edward A. McCord, M. Colette Plum, Michael Szonyi, Alexander Woodside, and Victor Zatsepine

"This is a very powerful volume, which sheds light on a variety of topics that scholarship, particularly in English, does not sufficiently cover - the wartime bombing of China, Russian imperialism in northeastern China, and the makeup of the Nationalist army during wartime. With its focus on the social history of warfare in China, Beyond Suffering makes a major contribution to the field."
-Rana Mitter, editor of Ruptured Histories: War and Memory in Post-Cold War Asia

"Uniformly well-researched and written, Beyond Suffering is a book that I would use in my graduate seminars. This important work covers a wide range of topics and issues and, since few studies deal with the impact of warfare and militarization on modern China, it should find a receptive audience."
-Parks M. Coble, author of Chinese Capitalists in Japan's New Order: The Occupied Lower Yangzi, 1937-1945

Introduction / James Flath and Norman Smith

Part 1: Society at War

1#160;#160;#160;#160;and Writing and
Remembering the Battle against Opiates in Manchukuo / Norman

2#160;#160;#160;#160;and War,
Schools, China, Hong Kong: 1937-49 / Bernard Hung-kay Luk

3#160;#160;#160;#160;and Bombs
Don't Discriminate? Class, Gender, and Ethnicity in the
Air-Raid-Shelter Experiences of the Wartime Chongqing Population /
Chang Jui-te

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

Part 2: Institutional Engagement

5#160;#160;#160;#160;and The
Blagoveshchensk Massacre of 1900: The Sino-Russian War and Global
Imperialism / Victor Zatsepine

6#160;#160;#160;#160;and Victims and
Victimizers: Warlord Soldiers and Mutinies in Republican China /
Edward A. McCord

7#160;#160;#160;#160;and Turning Bad
Iron into Polished Steel: Whampoa and the Rehabilitation of the Chinese
Soldier / Colin Green

8#160;#160;#160;#160;and 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#160;#160;#160;#160;and Controlling
Soldiers: The Memory Scars of Late Imperial China / Alexander

10#160;#160;#160;and Chinese Savages and
Chinese Saints: Russians and Chinese Remember and Forget the Boxer
Uprising in 1920s China / Blaine Chiasson

11#160;#160;#160;and Setting Moon and Rising
Nationalism: Lugou Bridge as Monument and Memory / James

12#160;#160;#160;and War and Remembering:
Memories of China at War / Diana Lary


Selected Bibliography