Author: India Quarter Master General's Dept in

Publisher: Franklin Classics

ISBN: 0343552825


Page: 506

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Hongkongers in the British Armed Forces, 1860-1997

Hongkongers in the British Armed Forces, 1860-1997

Author: Chi Man Kwong

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192845740

Category: Great Britain

Page: 288

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The first systematic study of the experience of the more than 30,000 Hong Kong men and women who served in the British armed forces from the Opium Wars to the end of the British rule, putting them in the context of Hong Kong history, the history of the British Empire, and the military history of the 19th and 20th centuries.

China and International Security: History, Strategy, and 21st-Century Policy [3 volumes]

China and International Security: History, Strategy, and 21st-Century Policy [3 volumes]

Author: Donovan C. Chau

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440800023

Category: Political Science

Page: 880

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The first work of its kind, this strategic assessment of China's national security reveals the nation's intentions, capabilities, and threats—and their implications for the United States and the world. • Offers a strategic assessment of China, past and present • Analyzes China's traditional and non-traditional security threats, including economic and resource security • Provides a cogent examination of China's security strategies—historically, regionally, and internationally • Includes in-depth discussions of China's internal security dynamics • Shares original research performed by leading scholars in the field, professional intelligence analysts, and journalists based in East Asia

Flood of Fire

Flood of Fire

Author: Amitav Ghosh

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781848545182

Category: Fiction

Page: 624

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The thrilling climax to the Ibis trilogy that began with the phenomenal Booker-shortlisted Sea of Poppies. It is 1839 and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war. One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War. The turbulent voyage brings together a diverse group of travellers, each with their own agenda to pursue. Among them is Kesri Singh, a sepoy in the East India Company who leads a company of Indian sepoys; Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor searching for his lost love, and Shireen Modi, a determined widow en route to China to reclaim her opium-trader husband's wealth and reputation. Flood of Fire follows a varied cast of characters from India to China, through the outbreak of the First Opium War and China's devastating defeat, to Britain's seizure of Hong Kong. Flood of Fire is a thrillingly realised and richly populated novel, imbued with a wealth of historical detail, suffused with the magic of place and plotted with verve. It is a beautiful novel in its own right, and a compelling conclusion to an epic and sweeping story - it is nothing short of a masterpiece.

The Rise and Fall of an Officer Corps

The Rise and Fall of an Officer Corps

Author: Eric Setzekorn

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806162966

Category: History

Page: 256

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The People’s Republic of China is the only large country in the world that does not have a “national” military; its military answers only to a political party, the Chinese Communist Party. For a brief period in the mid-twentieth century, China had the makings of a professional, apolitical military force. The Rise and Fall of an Officer Corps tells the story of that moment in the military history of modern China—how it came to be, why it ultimately failed, and what it meant for China at home and abroad. Between 1942 and 1955 a cadre of highly trained, nationalistic, and cosmopolitan Chinese officers created a professional, depoliticized military, a force that could effectively represent the aspirations of China as a world power. Drawing on multiple archival sources and Chinese military journals, author Eric Setzekorn charts the development of this new army as a critical cultural and political force with extensive connections to foreign powers. During this period, military officers were the primary actors in an intergovernmental partnership between the United States and the Republic of China. The partnership gave officers access to educational opportunities and technological transfers that were central to their professional ideals. Setzekorn’s account of the career of General Sun Li-jen, an American-educated Chinese army officer, illustrates the rise of this new sense of professionalism as well as its decline after 1953. Setzekorn then traces the failure of the army-building project to a renewed politicization of military forces, marked by a purge of key military leaders in 1955 by Chiang Kai-shek and his Koumintang (KMT) party. By focusing on this important chapter in Chinese military history, Setzekorn’s work also highlights broader patterns of military transformation during the pivotal period from World War II through the early Cold War. His work is critical to understanding the rise of China as a military and world power.