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Nanjing 1937: Battle for a Doomed City by Peter Harmsen, and: Men to Devils, Devils to Men: Japanese War Crimes and Chinese Justice by Barak Kushner (review)

Nanjing 1937: Battle for a Doomed City by Peter Harmsen, and: Men to Devils, Devils to Men:... Reviews 149 Peter Harmsen. Nanjing 1937: Battle for a Doomed City. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2015. 368 pp. Hardcover $32.95, isbn 978-1-61200-284-2. Barak Kushner. Men to Devils, Devils to Men: Japanese War Crimes and Chinese Justice. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015. ix, 416 pp. Hardcover $45.00, isbn 978-0-674-72891-2. On July 7, 1937, a skirmish between Chinese and Japanese troops at the Marco Polo Bridge in a southwestern suburb of Beijing eventually led to the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The hostilities spread south to the Shanghai area when another incident, in which two Japanese servicemen and one Chinese soldier were killed, took place on August 9 at the entrance to the Hongqiao Airfield. War broke out on August 13 and continued in Shanghai for three months until the city fell to the Japanese on November 12. The Japanese, however, were not content with their gains at Shanghai. The Japanese troops moved swiftly in chase of the Chinese army westward, advancing toward Nanjing, China's national capital at that time. The fall of Shanghai served as the prelude to the Nanjing campaign. With better weaponry and well-trained soldiers, the Japanese troops attacked efficiently and reached the Nanjing city gates on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Nanjing 1937: Battle for a Doomed City by Peter Harmsen, and: Men to Devils, Devils to Men: Japanese War Crimes and Chinese Justice by Barak Kushner (review)

China Review International , Volume 21 (2) – Nov 28, 2014

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Reviews 149 Peter Harmsen. Nanjing 1937: Battle for a Doomed City. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2015. 368 pp. Hardcover $32.95, isbn 978-1-61200-284-2. Barak Kushner. Men to Devils, Devils to Men: Japanese War Crimes and Chinese Justice. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015. ix, 416 pp. Hardcover $45.00, isbn 978-0-674-72891-2. On July 7, 1937, a skirmish between Chinese and Japanese troops at the Marco Polo Bridge in a southwestern suburb of Beijing eventually led to the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The hostilities spread south to the Shanghai area when another incident, in which two Japanese servicemen and one Chinese soldier were killed, took place on August 9 at the entrance to the Hongqiao Airfield. War broke out on August 13 and continued in Shanghai for three months until the city fell to the Japanese on November 12. The Japanese, however, were not content with their gains at Shanghai. The Japanese troops moved swiftly in chase of the Chinese army westward, advancing toward Nanjing, China's national capital at that time. The fall of Shanghai served as the prelude to the Nanjing campaign. With better weaponry and well-trained soldiers, the Japanese troops attacked efficiently and reached the Nanjing city gates on

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Published: Nov 28, 2014

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