Academic journal article Military Review

CHINESE WARFIGHTING: The PLA Experience since 1949

Academic journal article Military Review

CHINESE WARFIGHTING: The PLA Experience since 1949

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CHINESE WARFIGHTING: The PLA Experience Since 1949, Mark A. Ryan, David M. Finkelstein, and Michael A. McDevitt, eds., M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, New York, 2003, 319 pages, $69.95.

Books in English about Chinese warfighting are rare; most date from the Korean war. Therefore, any new book on the subject is welcome. Chinese Warfighting: The PLA Experience Since 1949 is an essay collection that includes discussions on patterns of warfare, doctrine, China's post-World War II civil war, the attempts to take Taiwan, the Korean war, the Sino-Indian war, the Sino-Soviet border conflicts, the Sino-Vietnamese war, the People's Liberation Army (PLA), the Navy, and the PLA Air Force.

Also of interest is what is not in the book, such as the Chinese civil war, which shaped the PLA and produced its leaders through the 1980s. The book only covers the civil war after 1949, but that war was seminal, ran the gamut from guerrilla to conventional war, and included a war against Japan, chemical warfare, urban combat, and a linkup with Soviet forces. A concept of civil war is necessary to understand the PLA. …

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