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Edward A. McCord is Professor Emeritus of History and International Affairs in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Professor McCord received his B.A. in history from Marian College (Indianapolis) in 1973. He then went on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. in Chinese history from the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Power of the Gun: The Emergence of Modern Chinese Warlordism (1985) and Military Force and Elite Power in the Formation of Modern China (2014), and has published numerous articles in professional journals on Chinese military-civil relations. Before coming to George Washington University, he taught for eight years as an assistant professor at the University of Florida. Until his retirement in 2019, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the George Washington University on Chinese history and the uses of history in international affairs. He is also a frequent lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute and the Smithsonian Institution's Campus on the Mall program. He is currently also editor of the American Journal of Chinese Studies.