Subjects in the Combat Studies Institute list of readings on military professional development and leadership:

General Studies
Ancient History
War in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
The Era of Fredrick II and Napoleon

Civil War
The British Empire
World War I

J. F. C. Fuller and B. H. Liddell Hart
World War II
Korean War
Modern Warfare
Vietnam War
Falkland Island War
Arab-Israeli Wars

The Nuclear Age
The Moral Effects of Combat

Russian and Soviet Military History
East Asian Military History
Sea Power
Air Power
The Press


Combat Studies Institute - East Asian Military History

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Singapore 1941-1942 (The Politics and Strategy of the Second World War)

Allen gives an account of the well-prepared and well executed light infantry thrust by the Imperial Japanese Army in Malaya in 1942. Also provided is information about the British view of World War II in Asia.


The Sino-Japanese War, 1937-41: From Marco Polo Bridge to Pearl Harbor.

Dorn, who served on General Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell's staff, presents

some firsthand knowledge about the immense, but often ignored, campaigns waged by the Japanese in China during the Greater East Asian War.


In the Service of the Emperor: Essays on the Imperial Japanese Army (Studies in War, Society and the Military)

Before World War II, the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) developed an offensive tactical doctrine designed to allow its infantry forces to fight successfully against a superior foe, the Soviet Union. A battle test of that doctrine's effectiveness occurred from June through August 1939 along the Outer Mongolian-Manchurian border. This essay follows the daily operations of the IJA infantry units that were in constant contact with Soviet forces.


Chinese Ways in Warfare

This collection of campaign case studies shows how wars were fought in China from 500 B.C. to 1556 A.D.


Shiwara Kanji and Japan's Confrontation with the West.

Peattie's biography of Ishiwara Kanji provides rare insights into the mentality of the Japanese military leadership on the eve of World War II. Ishiwara Kanji was one of the chief Kwantung Army plotters in 1931.


The Rise of Chinese Military Power, 1895-1912,

Powell describes Chinese efforts to establish modern military forces and the impact that the creation of such forces had on Chinese society and government.


Chinese Warlord the Career of Feng Yu-Hsiang

During the first half of the twentieth century, China was beset by regional conflicts as military leaders used their forces to compete for greater power. This study describes one of China's most famous and successful warlords and analyzes what warlordism meant for China.


Red Star over China

The author, a young American journalist who spent seven years in China, provides the classic account of Yenan China and the promise and excitement of the Chinese Communist movement. Edgar Snow knew Mao Zedong and wrote the first connected history of Mao, his colleagues, and their revolution.


The Art of War.

Even though this preeminent book in Chinese military literature dates from the fourth century B.C., many of Sun Tzu's ideas on military conflict appear remarkably modern. This book was a source for some of Mao Zedong's military theories.


The Samurai: A Military History.

This volume is a comprehensive and readable account of warfare in Japan up to the modern era.


The Tide at Sunrise: A History of the Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905

The Warners provide a clear and thorough description of the events and circumstances of land warfare in the Russo-Japanese War.


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