Arming the Chinese: The Western Armaments Trade in Warlord China, 1920-28

Arming the Chinese: The Western Armaments Trade in Warlord China, 1920-28

By: Anthony B. Chan (author)Paperback

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First published in 1982, this book remains the classic account of the arms trade in warlord China. The second edition includes a new preface that reframes the argument within the paradigm of critical militarism and state criminality. Arming the Chinese tells the story of the Western and Japanese merchants and governments who provided weapons to warlords for their expanding armies. Although the warlords were hearty individualists who retained control over domestic affairs and rarely relied on single foreign suppliers, the armaments trade, Chan argues, was a new form of imperialism, which perpetrated the continued Western and Japanese domination of China.

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Anthony B. Chan is a professor in and founding associate dean of the Communication Program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.


Preface to the Second Edition Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Warlord Unification Efforts: Background to the Armaments Trade 2 The Western Armaments Trade and Its Control in Warlord China 3 Chinese Warlords and the Armaments Trade 4 The Ramifications of the Western Armaments Trade Conclusion Notes Appendix Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/10/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780774819909
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9780774819909
  • weight: 341
  • ISBN10: 0774819901

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