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Professor Maochun Miles Yu

Professor M. Miles Yu [On detail duty at the Department of State]

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

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



  • PhD--University of California, Berkeley 
  • MA--Swarthmore College
  • BA--Nankai University 

Professional Experience:

  • Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (asst - full, 1994 - Present)
    Member, Chinese Military History Society
    Member, Military History/Contemporary Conflict Working Group, the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Honors and Awards:

  • 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

Selected Publications  


  • 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,  1999 7 )
  • OSS IN CHINA: Prelude to Cold War  (New Haven and London: the Yale University Press, March 1997)
    (C-SPAN BookTV interview of OSS In CHINA)

New Interpretations cover    Dragon's War book cover    book cover    book cover  RHCS

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

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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