China’s Battle for Korea: The Spring 1951 Offensive . Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2014. pp. xi-xxxiii, 385. $45.00. isbn 978-0253011572. A leader of the community of expatriate Chinese scholars, editor, compiler, and translator of note, Li Xiaobing has now produced the “big book” all of us with Korean War interests expected. China’s Battle for Korea: The 1951 Spring Offensive takes an honored place with the earlier works of Chen Jian and Zhang Shuguang as an important book on the Renmin Zhiyuanjun or Chinese People’s Volunteer Force. Professor Li does not ignore the issue of Chinese intervention in 1950, but his book focuses on the Fifth Offensive (April-May 1951), China’s last and greatest attempt to persuade the United States to abandon its rescue effort of the Republic of Korea. Li is particularly good at recreating the strategic debate between Mao Zedong and his field commander, Peng Dehuai, as always admirable for his candor and concern for his troops. Because Li does his own translating, he can catch and communicate the nuances of Party Mandarin. Through the work of Professor Li and others, there is no longer any excuse to treat the cpvf as a horde (or “human
Journal of Chinese Military History – Brill
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