Edward A. McCord
Areas of Expertise
Professor McCord received his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan. A specialist in Chinese history, he lived and studied for five years in Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. His research has focused mainly on the history of Chinese military-civil relations in the modern era, examining topics such as the emergence of warlordism, the relationship between military force and social-political power, and the impact of military atrocities on Chinese public opinion. He is currently working on a major book-length project that examines militia organizations in Republican China (1911-1949). Before coming to The George Washington University, he was an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Florida. Besides teaching at GW, Professor McCord has also lectured on Chinese history at the Foreign Service Institute and the Smithsonian Institution's Campus on the Mall program. Professor McCord is also a member of the editorial board of Modern China.
Ph.D., University of Michigan
- Military Force and Elite Power in the Formation of Modern China. London and New York: Routledge, 2014.
- The Power of the Gun: The Emergence of Modern Chinese Warlordism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. Online: http://texts.cdlib.org/view?docId=ft167nb0p4
- “Military Atrocities in Warlord China.” In Civil-Military Relations in Chinese History. From Ancient China to the Communist Takeover. Edited by Kai Filipiak. London and New York: Routledge, 2015, pp. 210-237.
- “Synarchy and the Chinese People: A Plea for Internationalization in Republican China.” Modern China 39, No. 5 (2013): 475-510. doi:10.1177/0097700412467408.
- McCord, Edward A., “Ethnic Revolt, State-Building and Patriotism in Republican China: The 1937 West Hunan Miao Abolish-Military-Land Resist-Japan Uprising.” Modern Asian Studies 45, no. 6 (2011): 1499-1533. doi: 10.1017/S0026749X11000096.