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A Tale of Two Warlords: Republican China During the 1920s

[caption id="attachment_8581" align="alignnone" width="738"] Soldiers of Feng Yuxiang practice with their heavy machine guns ca. 1930. Source: US Army Heritage and Educational Center.[/caption] When the wind blows, the grass bends with the wind. —Yuan Shikai Usually translated into English as “warlords,” junfa were the bane of Republican China. Some were highly trained officers, others selfmade strategists or graduates of the “school of forestry,” a Chinese euphemism for banditry. ...