Few phases of history were as heavy with implications for the world at large than the turbulent years through which China moved from the overthrow of the last imperial dynasty in 1911, through anarchy, civil war and invasion, to the final triumph of the Communists in 1949 - yet few periods are as little known by the wider world, and so little understood. Professor Dreyer's impressive account of China at war is both an important contribution to this new series of studies of modern wars in their full political, social and ideological contexts, and also a valuable introduction to the birth- confused, bloody and painful as it was - of the future superpower.

chapter |8 pages


chapter 1|31 pages

Military Reform and Revolution, 1901–11

chapter 2|34 pages

Peiyang Army Ascendancy, 1911–19

chapter 3|43 pages

High Warlordism, 1919–25

chapter 4|56 pages

The Northern Expedition, 1925–31

chapter 5|33 pages

Diseases of Skin and Heart, 1931–7

chapter 6|59 pages

The Sino-Japanese War, 1937–41

chapter 7|47 pages

China and The Second World War, 1941–5

chapter 8|38 pages

The Chinese Civil War, 1945–9

chapter |21 pages