The longer history of imperial incidents on the Yangtze | Duke Kunshan University

The longer history of imperial incidents on the Yangtze

Today, the United States operates nearly 800 overseas military bases in more than 70 countries. But before World War II, China hosted the largest U.S. military presence on foreign soil. A new article by historian Zach Fredman published in Modern American History examines how this presence contributed to anti-imperialist resentment by looking at a deadly 1933 accident involving the USS Panay, a U.S. Navy gunboat that Japanese aircraft famously bombed and sank near Nanjing in 1937.