Ancient Chinese Warfare

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Basic Books, Mar 1, 2011 - History - 576 pages
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The history of China is a history of warfare. Rarely in its 3,000-year existence has the country not been beset by war, rebellion, or raids. Warfare was a primary source of innovation, social evolution, and material progress in the Legendary Era, Hsia dynasty, and Shang dynasty--indeed, war was the force that formed the first cohesive Chinese empire, setting China on a trajectory of state building and aggressive activity that continues to this day.

In Ancient Chinese Warfare, a preeminent expert on Chinese military history uses recently recovered documents and archaeological findings to construct a comprehensive guide to the developing technologies, strategies, and logistics of ancient Chinese militarism. The result is a definitive look at the tools and methods that won wars and shaped culture in ancient China.

 

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Contents

Title Page
ANCIENT FORTIFICATIONS I
ANCIENT FORTIFICATIONS II
THE HSIA
WARFARE IN THE HSIA
THE SHANG DYNASTY
SHANG CAPITALS CITADELS AND FORTIFICATIONS
CHAOS CONTRACTION AND RESURGENCE
KNIVES DAGGERS AND SWORDS
SPEARS AND ARMOR
ANCIENT ARCHERY
THE CHARIOT IN CHINA
THE HORSE IN CHINA
THE CHARIOT IN BATTLE
CHARIOT LIMITATIONS AND DIFFICULTIES
ANCIENT LOGISTICS

KING WU TING I
THE LAST REIGNS
TROOPS INTELLIGENCE AND TACTICS
EARLY WEAPONS AND THE
MUSINGS AND IMPONDERABLES
NOTES
INTEGRATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

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