Scars of War
222 pages, 6 x 9
8 b&w photos, 7 tables, 3 maps
Release Date:01 Nov 2001
Release Date:01 Jul 2001
Release Date:01 Oct 2007

Scars of War

The Impact of Warfare on Modern China

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Throughout its modern history China has suffered from immense
destruction and loss of life from warfare. In its worst periods 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. The Rape of
Nanking is beginning to be known, but hundreds of other massacres are
still unrecognized by the outside world and even by China itself. The
focus of Scars of War is the social and psychological, not the
economic, costs of war on the country. The book is illustrated with
contemporary photographs and woodblock prints. Each chapter is
introduced by a traditional Chinese saying (cheng-yu) on warfare.
This book is outstanding. The chapters are excellent and they cover a lot, in time, space, and intellectual approach. Arthur Waldon, University of Pennsylvania
These essays make concrete the abstractly evoked 'patriotic' sacrifice of millions of Chinese people, offering tough history as an antidote to the easy oblivion of official memory and underscoring the deep human and social scars of war. Carol Cluck, Columbia University
Diana Lary is a professor of history, affiliated withthe Center for Chinese Research, at the University of British Columbia.Stephen MacKinnon is a professor of history at ArizonaState University.

Introduction / Diana Lary and Stephen MacKinnon

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

2. The Pacification of Jiading / Timothy Brook

3. Atrocities in Nanjing: Searching for Explanations / YangDaqing

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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