Reviews 171 ties of translation and how much from the quality of the original stories. Despite this, Dragonflies is an interesting and helpful addition to the existing collections of modern Chinese fiction. Deborah D. Buffton Deborah Buffton is a professor of history at the University of WisconsinLa Crosse focusing on French and Chinese history as well as the history of peace and war. Andrew Scobell. China's Use of Military Force: Beyond the Great Wall and the Long March. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003. xiv, 300 pp. Hardcover $65.00, isbn 0521819792. Paperback $23.00, isbn 0521 525853. Under what circumstances is the communist leadership in Beijing prepared to use military force, either beyond its borders or internally? Andrew Scobell answers this question through the combination of an analytical framework and a historical survey. The framework begins with the "cult of defense." This has its roots in China's victimization during some 150 years of its recent history. It leads the Chinese to believe that they are always acting defensively, even when the military actions are offensive. The cult of defense has the potential of causing grave misunderstandings between China and its regional and global rivals. Americans should have little trouble
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 18, 2004
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