Professor and Paul G. Pickowicz Endowed Chair in Modern Chinese History
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    Yellow River flood, 1938-47

    Yellow River flood Chinese Nationalist soldiers 1938

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    In June 1938, Chinese Nationalist armies under the command of Chiang Kai-shek breached the Yellow River’s dikes at Huayuankou in Henan province in a desperate attempt to block a Japanese military advance.[1] For the next nine years, the Yellow River’s waters spread southeast into the Huai River system via its tributaries, inundating vast quantities of land in Henan, Anhui, and Jiangsu provinces. Perhaps the single most environmentally damaging act of warfare in world history, Continue reading