Beyond Suffering

Recounting War in Modern China

Edited by James Flath and Norman Smith

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  • Published: June 2012
  • Subject Listing: Asian Studies, Chinese History
  • Bibliographic information: 328 pp., 5 illus., 2 maps, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: U.S. 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
List of Illustrations
Preface: Lisbon, Xuzhou, Auschwitz: Suffering as History / Timothy Brook
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

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

11. Setting Moon and Rising Nationalism: Lugou Bridge as Monument and Memory / James Flath

12. War and Remembering: Memories of China at War / Diana Lary

Selected Bibliography