Last year, 2012, the Society for Military History gave its award for the best book on non-U.S. military history to:

The Battle for China: Essays on the Military History of the Sino-Japanse War of 1937-1945

It deserves attention. The war between China and Japan that occurred BEFORE Pearl Harbor had more deaths and destruction than any other part of the global conflict except the war between Germany and the U.S.S.R. Since the body counts for both conflicts involved guesses that would make even the BLS blush, I offer this comment only to give the List some gauge of the magnitude.

The book also serves as a reminder of the grim truth of about official American attitudes where foreign policy is concerned: if you are an ally who suffers for your loyalty, you will be criticized with far greater scorn than any enemy. Mao and the Communists receive praise while Chiang Kai-shek and the KMT are ridiculed, even though the Nationalists were, in fact, the only people who actually fought against the Japanese.





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  1. Rob Liu on December 16, 2013 12:56 am

    The only reason why Mao won was because the Japanese weakened the KMT.

    With all factors considered Chiang Kai-shek will always be less popular than Mao because Mao appeared as if he did not rely on any foreign power. Chiang Kai-shek sacked his best troops in a false hope to gain American support. Hoping for a foreign intervention is a no no in the Chinese mind. Where as Mao broke off with the Soviet union and almost went to war with it. Russian historians blame this on Mao’s egomaniac but fails to see that this is what saved Mao’s legacy. Mao’s problems are blamed on his wife just as with other Chinese emperors. People forget the early Han dynasty was very chaotic but things still turned out fine. problems were blamed on Liu Bang’s wife and liu bang is today regarded as a great man.

    China today is much more akin to what Chiang Kai-shek envisioned than what Mao envisioned. But still in many ways Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South East Asian Chinese are more Chinese than mainlands.


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