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The Navy and a Still Disunited China

William Reynolds Braisted

in Diplomats in Blue

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780813032887
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038223 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032887.003.0013
The Navy and a Still Disunited China

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This chapter examines the condition of the still disunited China during 1928. Though the northern expedition of the Nationalists had nominally ended in early June 1928 with the death of “Old Marshal” Chang Tso-lin, it had by no means ended warlordism, banditry, and communism in China. According to the first annual report of Asiatic Fleet Commander in Chief Admiral Mark Bristol, the upper Yangtze was still dominated by the warlords of Szechwan and the communists expelled from Hankow were beginning to mount campaigns of violent revolution, principally in the inaccessible countryside south of the Yangtze.

Keywords: China; Nationalists; Chang Tso-lin; warlordism; banditry; communism; Mark Bristol; upper Yangtze

Chapter.  7417 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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