Betrayed Ally

China in the Great War

Christopher Arnander, Frances Wood

Date Published :
June 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16 pages of black and white plates
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473875012
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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The Great War helped China emerge from humiliation and obscurity and take its first tentative steps as a full member of the global community.

In 1912 the Qing Dynasty had ended. President Yuan Shikai, who seized power in 1914, offered the British 50,000 troops to recover the German colony in Shandong but this was refused. In 1916 China sent a vast army of laborers to Europe. In 1917 she declared war on Germany despite this effectively making the real enemy Japan an ally.

The betrayal came when Japan was awarded the former German colony. This inspired the rise of Chinese nationalism and communism, enflamed by Russia. The scene was set for Japan’s incursions into China and thirty years of bloodshed.

One hundred years on, the time is right for this accessible and authoritative account of China’s role in The Great War and assessment of its national and international significance

About The Author

Christopher J. Anderson has written many articles on military history, and is the author of The U.S. Army Today, Patton's Third Army and The Fall of Fortress Europe in the G.I. Series.

Frances Wood studied Chinese at the universities of Cambridge, Peking and London and was Curator of the Chinese collections at the British Library until 2013. Her published works include The Blue Guide to China, Did Marco Polo Go to China?, The Silk Road: two thousand years in the heart of Asia, The Forbidden City, No Dogs and Not Many Chinese and Picnics Prohibited


"Frances Wood and Christopher Arnander tell the story of China in the Great War with clarity and objectivity."

- The Times

"A first-rate book which looks at China's part in the Great War, which is largely overlooked by many. In 1914 China offered Britain 50,000 troops to recover the German colony in Shandong and in 1916 she sent a vast army of labourers to Europe where the Chinese Labour Corps contributed greatly to the building and repair of infrastructure like railways, roads, canals and trenches. The author have produced a fascinating work well worthy of any reader's time."

- The Great War Magazine

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