Stilwell in the Stocks: China, the U.S., & Britain in Burma during the Second World War
Hans van de Ven (Cambridge University)
Monday, January 06, 2003
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
4357 Bunche Hall
Dr. van de Ven’s talk will treat General Joseph Stilwell and the Burma War in the context of the Second World War globally and the military strategies of China, Britain, and the U.S. Dr. van de Ven will suggest that the Stilwell myth was created to serve U.S. and British political purposes (including Franklin Roosevelt's re-election), and will argue that once this is understood, we can begin to generate new understandings of Nationalist war-making during its War of Resistance against Japan.
Hans van de Ven is a Reader in Modern Chinese History at Cambridge University. Among his publications are From Friend to Comrade: The Founding of the Chinese Communist Party (1991), for which he won the Lilienthal Prize from the University of California Press; Warfare in Chinese History (ed.; Brill, 2000); and Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Secret Services in China During World War II (ed.; a special issue of the journal Intelligence and National Security; 2002). His new book, War and Nationalism in China, 1925-45, will be published in June, 2003 by Routledge