"The first book-length study of the largely neglected 1929 Sino-Soviet war, a short but bloody one fought over the jointly operated Chinese Eastern Railroad (CER) in China's northeast. Although classified as a modern limited war, with comparatively few major engagements, it proved to be the largest military clash between China and a Western power ever fought on Chinese soil. The conflict was also the first major combat test of the reformed Soviet Red Army"--Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-378) and index.
Part I. Creating conflict : the Chinese Eastern Railroad -- The troubled frontier -- The northeast evolving : 1911 revolution and the Great War -- Talks, wars, and railroads (1919-1924) -- Warlordism in decay, CER troubles, and the Northern Expedition -- Part II. Crisis and war -- The rise of Chang Hsueh-Liang and the coming CER crisis -- The Chinese and Soviet Russian forces -- The CER incident and war -- Renewed talks, fighting, and frustration -- The decisive ODVA offensive -- The 1929 conflict and interwar warfare -- A war of consequence -- Appendices -- Maps.