The fall of the Manchu Empire in 1911 ended thousands of years of Imperial rule and ushered in almost 40 years of conflict in China. From the abdication of Pu-Yi, the last emperor, the invasion of Manchuria by the Japanese, and the 'long march', to the birth of the People's Republic of China in 1949, this book looks in detail at the fighting men, and women, who fought for the communists, imperialists, republicans, nationalists, warlords and the puppet armies. The result is a comprehensive and illuminating work covering a large and complex series of combatants and conflicts.
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Table of Contents
Introduction · Chronology/The Imperial Army · The Republican Army · The Warlords · Organisation · The Nationalist Army · The Communist Army · Puppet Armies · The Civil War, 1945-49 · Further Reading · The Plates