Edward McCord

Edward McCord

Associate Professor of History and International Affairs; Director, Taiwan Education and Research Program
ESIA 503
Address: 1957 E Street, NW
Phone: 202-994-5785
[email protected]

On leave AY2014-15

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. 


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1985.


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.

Classes Taught

Hist 3610: China to 1800
Hist 3611: Modern China
IAFF 2091: East Asia-Past and Present
Hist 6610: Readings Seminar: Late Imperial China
Hist 6611: Readings Seminar: 20th-Century China