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Diana LaryDiana Lary is Professor Emerita in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia. This article is drawn from her most recent book The Chinese People at War. Human Suffering and Social Transformation, 1937-1945. A specialist on military history, her books include The Scars of War: the impact of war on Chinese Society (with Stephen MacKinnon), China’s Republic, and China at War: Regions of China, 1937-1945 (with Stephen McKinnon and Ezra Vogel).