From Peking to Paris: China and the First World War

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion


During the First World War, 95,000 Chinese farm labourers volunteered to leave their remote villages and work for Britain. They were labelled “the forgotten of the forgotten”, as their stories failed to form part of the public record on the War. This is just one example of many of the lesser known stories relating to China and the Great War. But these stories are now starting to be addressed. To mark the centenary of the First World War, Penguin China has published a series of short histories on the economic and social costs it brought to China and the Chinese. Each book – written by a leading expert in the field – tells a fascinating tale which will fill the gaps of your China and WWI knowledge, including the only land battle in East Asia fought by Japan and Britain against the German concession in Shandong. Asia House hosted a panel with several of these authors.
Period3 Feb 2015
Held atAsia House, London, United Kingdom


  • China
  • First World War
  • Shanghai
  • Foreign relations