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The Collapse of Nationalist China: How Chiang Kai-shek Lost China’s Civil War (Virtual Event)

When: Friday, February 23, 2024
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Peter Carroll   (847) 491-2753

Group: East Asia Research Forum

Category: Academic


Please join the East Asia Research Forum as they host Parks Coble (University of Nebraska)

 Professor Coble will introduce his new book, explain what led him to write it, and what questions he sought to answer.  Coble focuses on failures of the Chiang Kai-shek government’s financial policy, which led to an erosion of the Nationalist Government and its military.  At the heart of the issue was the style of leadership of Chiang.  He focused on military matters while other policies were ignored.  Professor Coble sees this episode as a cautionary tale for the perils of over centralizing authority in an authoritarian ruler with a limited world view.

About the speaker:

Parks Coble is the James Sellers Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he has taught East Asian History for over 40 years.  His research field is modern China, particularly the Republican era.  Recent publications include The Collapse of Nationalist China: How Chiang Kai-shek Lost China’s Civil War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023); China’s War Reporters: the Legacy of China’s Resistance to Japan (Harvard University Press, 2015), and Chinese Capitalists in Japan’s New Order: The Occupied Lower Yangzi, 1937-1945 (University of California Press, 2003).  

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