Peter Worthing

Professor and Associate Dean
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Ph.D., History, University of Hawaii (1995)

MA, History, University of Hawaii (1991)

BA, History, Trinity College (1987)

Courses Taught

HIST 10943: Asian Civilizations To 1700
HIST 10953: Asian Civilizations Since 1700
HIST 30443: From Ming to Mao: History of Modern China
HIST 40843: The Vietnam War
HIST 70543 Graduate Seminar in China in World History
HIST 70843: Graduate Seminar in Vietnam War History

Areas of Focus

Modern Chinese history, Chinese military history, Vietnam War


General He Yingqin: The Rise and Fall of Nationalist China. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2016.

A Military History of Modern China: From the Manchu Conquest to Tian’anmen Square.  Praeger Security International, Westport, Connecticut, 2007.

Occupation and Revolution: China and the Vietnamese August Revolution of 1945, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 2001.


“At War on Two Fronts: China’s War of the Central Plains, 1930” War in History, (2017): 1-24.

“Continuity and Change: Chinese Nationalist Army Tactics, 1925-1938,” The Journal of Military History, 78, 3 (July 2014): 995-1016.

“The Eastern Expeditions of 1925: A Defining Moment in the History of the Nationalist Military,” [當代中國研究] Modern China Studies, 17, 2 (2010): 19-47.

“From Bac Le to Haiphong: Local Officials, Miscommunication, and Sino-French Conflict in Vietnam,” War & Society, 27, 2 (October 2008), 25-41.

“Toward the Minjiu Incident: Militarist Conflict in Guizhou, 1911-1921,” Modern China, 33, 2 (April 2007): 258-283.

“The Road Through Whampoa: The Early Career of He Yingqin,” The Journal of Military History, 69, 4 (October 2005): 953-986.

“A Tale of Two Fronts: China’s War of the Central Plains, 1930” Chinese Military History Society Annual Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 14, 2016.

“A Case of Mistaken Perception: He Yingqin and American Officials in Wartime China,” Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, October 11, 2015.

“Ho Ying-ch’in and the Development of the National Revolutionary Army,” 國軍與現代化:黃埔建軍九十年國際學術討論會 [National Army and Modernization: An International Academic Conference on the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of the Whampoa Military Academy and the National Army], Academia Historica, Taipei, Taiwan, June 14, 2014.

“’A Force for a Thousand Year War of Resistance’: Nationalist Conscription in the Sino-Japanese War, 1927-1945,” Chinese Military History Society Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, April 3, 2014.

“Militarization and Modernization: He Yingqin and Nationalist China.” Presentation at “Revisiting Modern China at the Hoover Archives” workshop, Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Stanford, California, August 7, 2013.

“Continuity and Change in the Nationalist Army, 1925-1937,” Association of Asian Studies Conference, San Diego, CA, March 22, 2013.

“The Forgotten Front: The Eastern Campaign in the Northern Expedition,” Society for Military History Conference, Washington, D.C., May 12, 2012.

“The Eastern Expeditions of 1925: Dress Rehearsal or Defining Moment?” Chinese Military History Society Conference held in conjunction with the Society for Military History Conference, Lexington, Virginia, October 19-22, 2010.

2016 AddRan Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Board of Directors, Chinese Military History Society

Editorial board, Journal of Chinese Military History