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Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare: Series Number 20


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Introduction; Part I. The Stage Is Set: 1. China's preparation for entry into the international system; 2. The rise of Chinese internationalism and the new diplomacy; Part II. China Attempts to Join the War: 3. China responses to the outbreak of war; 4. 'Using laborers as soldiers' - an alternative strategy; 5. China's formal entry into the war; Part III. The Great War in Chinese Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations: 6. The war within; 7. The 1919 Paris Peace Conference and China's search for a new world order; Conclusion.

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This 2005 book is a full-length study of China's involvement in the conflict from perspectives of international history, using previously unknown archival materials.


Review of the hardback: 'Any student of WW1 would consider this book as an essential read.' Open History
Review of the hardback: '... a fine example of the writing of international history, based on careful archival research. The argument is skilfully developed and assisted by a small section of illustrations. It puts before the reader the Chinese side of a story which is not unfamiliar but which has been slanted in the past.' The China Quarterly
Review of the hardback: 'This is an important book, helping to answer hitherto neglected questions about China's role in the Great War and the role the war played in bringing China onto a changing international stage. It is well researched and written, and deserves to be read widely.' Asian Affairs
"Xu's arguments are supported by rich archival materials from China, France, England, Germany, and the United States, which provide the most detailed discussion of China's involvement in World War I to date. It is also a successful combination of national and international histories... Xu Guoqi has indeed taken us beyond the "betrayal" of the Versailles Conference to emphasize the importance of the Great War in China's participation in the international community." - H-War
"Xu has written an insightful study of China's role in WW I. This book sheds new light on the development of China's modern national identity and reengagement with the international community. Highly recommended." - Choice
"The book will interest those who focus on the Great War, are interested in the social and intellectual history of modern China, or American diplomatic history, particularly that relating to Woodrow Wilson. This is a coherent account of a very complex subject, broken down into manageable sections, and then unifies in a convincing conclusion." - The Journal of Military History, Katherine K. Reist, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
"Xu's book is well written and well organized." - The International History Review
"Xu Gouqi has set out to fill a lacuna in our understanding of the Great War. Further, he has placed the war in the broader spectrum of modern Chinese historical development. This is a coherent account of a very complex subject, broken down into manageable sections, and then unified in a convincing conclusion." Journal of Military History
"The book provides a valuable account of an important aspect of China's modernization." Carol C. Chin, Canadian Journal of History

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