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Professor Maochun Miles Yu

Professor Maochun Miles Yu

China; East Asia; Military/Diplomatic History; Non-Western Warfare

Department of History
The United States Naval Academy
Mail Stop 12C
Annapolis, MD 21402



  • University of California, Berkeley 
    • Ph.D., History [1994]
  • Swarthmore College
    • M.A., History [1987]
  • Nankai University 
    • B.A., World History [1983]

Professional Experience:

  • Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (1994 - Present)


  • Class of 1951 USNA Research Excellence Award, 2009
  • Navy Meritorious Service Award, 2009
  • USNA Special Action Awards, several, 1994-2009
  • Humboldt Fellow (China/Germany Project), German Historical Institute, 1999-2000
  • Runner-up, Honorable Mention, USNA Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, 1998
  • Mellon Foundation Fellowship, 1992-1994
  • Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation Scholarship (IGCC), 1994
  • UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, 1993
  • Ou Sik Kee Scholarship for Outstanding Chinese American Scholars, 1991


Courses and seminars taught at USNA since 1994

  • HH104 US Naval History
  • HH215A Asia in a Global Context
  • HH206/216 The West in a Global Context
  • HH361 History of East Asia 
  • HH366 Comparative World Cultures (Co-taught with two other regionalists)
  • HH367A Culture, War and Society in Traditional China
  • HH367B Military History of Communist China
  • HH485F Japan and Manchukuo
  • HH486D US Forces in China during WWII
  • HH485B Chinese Military History from Stone Age to Nuclear Age—A Survey
  • HH496 Military History of Modern China
  • HH496 Themes in Modern Chinese Diplomatic History
  • HH496 Modern Japanese Military-Civilian Relations
  • HH462 Chinese Art of War
  • HH508 Historiography and Philosophy of History—an honors seminar
  • HH462 Military History of Communist China
  • HH462 History and Historiography of Communist China
  • HH462C Military History of Communist China
  • HH262E History of the Pacific War, 1937-1945
  • HH462B Historical Perspectives of the Pacific Rim
  • HH262B Imagining Asia: Perception of Modern China in the US
  • HH262D Chinese Military History
  • HH462B Chinese Warlords
  • HH262D Themes and Historiography of Modern China
  • HH462C WWII in East Asia

Recent Honors Thesis Courses and Honors Projects Under My Supervision:

  • HH509 and HH512, Black Propaganda as an Instrument of War During WWII, Midn Kyle Steenberge, 2013
  • HH509 and HH512, What’s Written and Recorded: Contradictions of Nixon and Kissinger’s Writings and Archival Sources, Midn Robert Epstein, 2008
  • HH509 and HH512, The Battle of Nomonhon and Its Ramifications, Midn Brian Smith, Class of 2007
  • HH509 and HH512, Tracking the Chinese Dragon—The Origin and Development of China’s Submarine Force, 1953-1988, Midn David Faherty III, Class of 2006
  • HH509 and HH512, An Icon of the Cold War—How Symbolism Defined Sino-American Relations during the Taiwan Strait Crises in the 1950s. Midn Eugene Paul, Class of 2006
  • HH509 and HH512, The Tug of War over Hong Kong: How China, Great Britain and the United  States Struggled to Decide the Post-WWII Status of Hong Kong. Midn Zachary Jones, Class of 2005
  • HH509 and HH512, The Development of the Uyghur Nationalism in China’s Xinjiang Province. Midn Elizabeth Gayer, Class of 2005
  • HH509 and HH512, Proto-Historic Japanese Intervention in Korea in the 4th Century AD. Midn Ivan Kanzaki, Class of 2003
  • HH509 and HH512, The Philippine Insurrection and the Origin of the U.S. Counterinsurgency Doctrine, 1899-1903. Midn Nicholas A. Benson, Class of 2003
  • HH509 and HH512, Missed Opportunities: The U.S. in Indo-china in 1945. Midn John Pontrello, Class of 2002



  • Routledge Handbook of Chinese Security (Routledge Pub, UK, June 2015), ed, with Lowell Dittmer
  • New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers from the Fifteenth Naval History Symposium (The Naval Institute Press, April 2009), ed.

  • The Dragon’s War: Allied Operations and the Fate of China, 1937-1947 (The Naval Institute Press, August 2006)

  • 美国间谍在中国美国档案馆绝密档案 (香港, 纽约:明镜出版社, 19997)

  • OSS IN CHINA: Prelude to Cold War  (New Haven and London: the Yale University Press, March 1997)

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Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

  • "The Battle of Quemoy: The Amphibious Assault That Held the Post-war Military Balance in the Taiwan Strait," Naval War College Review, Spring 2016 Issue
  • "CBI--A Historiographical Review," in Thomas Zeiler ed.,"A Companion to World War II" [Wiley-Blackwell, 2013], pp.141-153
  • "The Predicament of Historical Research in the West: A Historiographical Inquiry," in Wang Xi and Yao Ping ed., "Discovering History in America," (Peking University Press, 2010), pp.149-161 [“西方历史研究的困境与我在美国的学术生涯,” 载于 王希,姚平编,“在美国发现历史” 北京大学出版社,二零一零年六月, 页149-161]
  • “Political and Military Factors Determining China’s Use of Force,” In Steve Tsang, ed.“If China Attacks Taiwan,”(Routledge, 2006), pp.17-34
  • “Newspaper and War in the China Theater during World War II,” Intelligence, issue #4, May 2004, Tokyo, Japan, pp.4-11
  • “In God We Trusted, In China We Busted: The China Commando Group of the Special Operations Executive (SOE),” Intelligence and National Security, (special issue: Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Secret Services in China during World War II, February 2002), pp. 37-60
  • “The Taiping Rebellion: A Military Assessment of Revolution and Counterrevolution” in David A. Graff and Robin Higham ed, "A Military History of China," (Westview Press, 2002), pp. 135-151
  • “Ideology and Diplomacy in the PRC: 1949-1979" in the Washington Journal of Modern China, Fall 1999, pp.77-92
  • “Chinese Code-Breakers, 1927-1945" in David Alvarez ed, Allied And Axis Signals Intelligence in World War II, (London: Frank Cass &Co. Ltd.  September 1999), pp.201-213
  • “OSS in China--New Information about An Old Role,” in International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Spring 1994

Proceedings and Commentary Articles:

  • “Who Lost China?—Beginning of the Cold War In Asia,” in Mark Wilkinson and Timothy Dowling ed, "The Cold War—Opening Shots, 1945-1950, " Virginia Military Institute Press, 2003
  • Close to four hundred articles and commentaries in Chinese for various Chinese and/or international publications and websites. They are all about major current or historical events and figures.

Selected Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries:

  • Bruce Elleman, "Taiwan Straits: Crisis in Asia and the Role of the U.S. Navy," in American Historical Review, December, 2016
  • Sebastian Heilmann, Elizabeth Perry ed, "Mao's Invisible Hand," The Wall Street Journal, July 18, 2012
  • Lynne Joiner,"Honorable Survivor: Mao's China, McCarthy's America, and the Persecution of John S. Service," in The Journal of Asian Studies, Aug. 2010
  • "Yenan" in "Encyclopedia of Modern China," ed. by David Pong, Gale Pub. Sept., 2009
  • Margaret MacMillan, "Nixon and Mao: The Week that Changed the World," in Washington Journal of Modern China, Fall, 2008
  • Gao Wenqian, "Zhou Enlai--The Last Perfect Revolutionary" as (mis)translated by Peter Rand and Lawrence Sullivan, in The New Leader, Vol. XC, No.6, Dec. 2007
  • Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, "Mao: The Unknown Story," in Washington Journal of Modern China, Spring/Summer 2006, vol. 8, no. 1, (a review essay, 115-120)
  • “Mercenaries, East Asia and the Pacific,” and “Taiping Rebellion” in Jenai Mynatt ed. "Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450," (London: McMillan Reference Books, 2006)
  • Christof Mauch, "The Shadow War Against Hitler: The Covert Operations of America's Wartime Secret Intelligence Service," in American Historical Review,  June 2005;
  • Bernard Wasserstein, "Secret War in Shanghai," in American Historical Review, Oct 2000;
  • James Webb, "Emperor’s General," in Shipmates, June 1999
  • Chen Hansheng, "My Life during Four Eras" in Jim Hershberg ed. Cold War In Asia (a Cold War International History Project under Woodrow Wilson Center), combined issues 6 &7, Winter 1995
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