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In the global world of the twenty-first century, martial arts are practiced for self-defense and sporting purposes only. However, for thousands of years, they were a central feature of military practice in China and essential for the smooth functioning of society. This book charts the history of combat and fighting techniques in China from the Bronze Age to the present. This broad panorama affords fascinating glimpses into the transformation of martial skills, techniques, and weaponry against the background of Chinese history, the rise and fall of empires, their governments, and their armies. Quotations from literature and poetry, and the stories of individual warriors, infuse the narrative, offering personal reflections on prowess in the battlefield and techniques of engagement.
Peter A. Lorge is a Senior Lecturer of History at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of War, Politics and Society in Early Modern China, 900-1795 (2005) and The Asian Military Revolution: From Gunpowder to the Bomb (2008).
just got started reading...already breezed through it and checked out many section....it is a great book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Hancock
Lorge has filled a major gap for the English reading public and scholars by offering a history of the evolution of Chinese martial arts which is thoroughly grounded in a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by B. J. Smith
The cover photo is nice, but doesn't really reflect what this book is about. The photos or pictures are sparse and are spread out. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Iggy
This is a great book for those who loves martial arts from China and History. It is mandatory for anyone interested in knowing more about Chinese martial arts free of bias and with... Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Jacobson