Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtze by Peter Harmsen

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CJ Nemastil
CSCC Correspondent
cnemastil@student.cscc.edu

CJ Nemastil

My high school history experience left me with little knowledge of twentieth-century history outside of the United States. If memory serves me correctly, most of my history class was spent discussing WWII, the Soviet Union, Communism, Vietnam, and Civil Rights. While this may be an over generalization, what I am pointing out is the lack of attention paid to the affairs of other countries during this time period. Japanese occupation of China, Manchuria, Korea, and other territories during the late 19th and early 20th centuries is not a familiar topic for most of us. Having little knowledge of China’s struggle during WWI and the Japanese occupation, I decided to read Shanghai 1937 by Peter Harmen.

Shanghai 1937 CoverHarmen does an excellent job presenting the information and highlights the four month struggle with great detail. The most difficult aspect of this book for me was keeping all of the names straight…

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