Edward McCord

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Edward McCord

Emeritus Faculty


Email: Edward McCord
Office Phone: (202) 994-5785
1957 E St NW Washington DC 20052

Edward McCord is a specialist in modern Chinese history and has lived and studied for five years in Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. He is the author of a book on the origins of Chinese warlordism and has contributed to articles in Modern China, Republican China, and Modern Asian Studies. He is also a member of the editorial board of Modern China. His current book project examines militia organizations in Republican China (1911-1949). In addition to his courses at GW, Professor McCord has lectured on Chinese history at the Foreign Service Institute and the Smithsonian Institution's Campus on the Mall program. 

  • Asia
  • Military History

IAFF 2091: East Asia: Past and Present

HIST 3610: China to 1800

HIST 3611: Modern China

HIST 6610: Readings Seminar: Late Imperial China

HIST 6611: Readings Seminar: 20th-Century China

Military Force and Elite Power in the Formation of Modern China. New York: Routledge, 2014.

“Synarchy and the Chinese People: A Plea for Internationalization in Republican China.” Modern China 39, no. 5 (September 2013): 475-510.

“Victims and Victimizers: Warlord Soldiers and Mutinies in Republican China." In Beyond Suffering: Recounting War in Modern China, ed. James Flath and Norman Smith, 130-52. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2011.

“Ethnic Revolt, State-Building and Patriotism in Republican China: The West Hunan Miao Abolish-Military-Land Resist-Japan Uprising.” Modern Asian Studies 46, no. 6 (2011):1-35.

"Cries that Shake the Earth: Military Atrocities and Popular Protests in Warlord China." Modern China 31, no. 1 (January 2005): 3-34.

"Burn, Rape, Kill and Rob: Military Atrocities, Warlordism and Anti-Warlordism in Republican China." In The Scars of War: The Impact of Warfare on Modern China, ed. Diana Lary and Stephen MacKinnon, 3-47. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2001.

"Local Militia and State Power in Nationalist China." Modern China 25, no. 2 (April 1999): 115-141.

"Warlords against Warlordism: The Politics of Anti-Militarism in Early Twentieth Century China." Modern Asian Studies 30, part 4 (October 1996): 795-827.

The Power of the Gun: The Emergence of Modern Chinese Warlordism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1985