A Partnership for Disorder

China, the United States, and their Policies for the Postwar Disposition of the Japanese Empire, 1941–1945

A Partnership for Disorder

A Partnership of Disorder examines the American-Chinese foreign policy planning in World War II for decolonizing the Japanese Empire and controlling Japan after the war. The study reveals how their disagreements on many concrete issues prevented the two governments from forging an effective partnership. Among these issues were the role of the Soviet Union and the meaning of Asian nationalism. At the war's end, the victorious Allies were neither in cooperation among themselves nor in a position to cope with the upheavals in Asia.


"Although much information presented here is familiar, the result is a more complete and balanced diplomatics history of the Pacific War and a more complex quilt of of controversial issues....Xiaoyuan Liu's well-written monograph provides a challenging and insightful account of one of the most stressful periods in the diplomatic history of China and the United States. Filled with abundant detail and analysis....This diplomatic history should be essential reading for anyone interested in a full account of United States-China relations during World War II." Leonard H.D. Gordon, The Journal of Asian Studies

"Xiaoyuan Liu's bok is a good example of the usefulness and the limitations of traditional diplomatic history when applied to a period of war and revolutionary change." Journal of American History

"...a fine book that should dominate the literature on animportant topic for a long time to come." William Stueck, American Historical Review

"In this impressively researched study of Sino-American relations during World War II, Xiaoyuan Liu refreshingly attributes agency to China and challenges the entrenched interpretation that China, despite its vision of grandeur, was a hopelessly divided and ineffectual belligerent." Sayri Shimizu, Historian