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Overview of the Bai Chongxi papers
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Description
Diaries, writings, correspondence, notes, computer discs, photographs, and videotape relating to the Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War.
Background
Bai Chongxi (Pai Chung-hsi) was born in Guilin, Guangxi Province, into a Chinese Muslim family of Hui nationality. In 1921, after graduating from Baoding Military Academy, Bai joined Sun Yat-sen’s revolutionary movement. During the Northern Expedition of 1926 to 1928, which aimed at annihilating regional warlords and reunifying the whole of China, Bai served as the chief of staff of the Nationalist Revolutionary Army under the leadership of Chiang Kai-shek, moving and fighting in several provinces. For his battlefield exploits during the Northern Expedition, Bai was known as one of the great military strategists in Chinese history. From 1930 to 1936, with Li Zongren and several other prominent military and political leaders from Guangxi, Bai engaged in the program of building his home province into a model area in terms of economic development and administrative efficiency. During the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), Bai was made deputy chief of staff of the Nationalist army, responsible for military training and operations. During the war, Bai assisted Li Zongren in defeating the Japanese in Tai’erzhuang in Shandong Province. He also commanded the Battle of Wuhan and defeated the Japanese in Guangxi Province.
Extent
9 manuscript boxes, 17 oversize boxes, 1 videotape reel (23.6 linear feet)
Restrictions
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
Availability
The collection is open for research.