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Chinese Martial Arts: From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century by [Peter A. Lorge]

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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. --This text refers to the printed_access_code edition.

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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). --This text refers to the printed_access_code edition.

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  • Publication Date : December 5, 2011
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press (December 5, 2011)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B006H3TR62
  • File Size : 2060 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 281 pages
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0521878810
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Simultaneous Device Usage : Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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