Roger Shih-Chieh Lo 羅士傑
The Journal of History, NCCU 政治大學歷史學報, Vol.59, May 2023
Abstract: The multiple civil wars among different military strongmen became the defining feature of early twentieth-century Chinese history. However, there have been very few examinations of the impact and damage that these numerous wars had on ordinary people’s daily lives. Besides examining the military outcomes of these wars, this article will explore civil war politics in the twentieth century Chinese history. It will ask how local elites from different backgrounds and generations worked together to protect their communities from the man-made disaster of the war. It will show that in the case of Wenzhou, local elites successfully protected their city. The article uses Wenzhou’s local archives to show how different local elites cooperated to mediate the crisis caused by a battle between two military strongmen in 1924. The article will also show that this group of local elites included political activists, retired Qing officials, former bankers, merchants and the Wenzhou Catholic church. By reexamining the two warlords’ battle in Wenzhou in 1924, we can use this case to better understand local politics in modern China.
About the author: Roger Shih-Chieh Lo was a HYI Visiting Scholar from 2019-20.