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The Asian Military Revolution
From Gunpowder to the Bomb


Part of New Approaches to Asian History

  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521609548

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  • Records show that the Chinese invented gunpowder in the 800s. By the 1200s they had unleashed the first weapons of war upon their unsuspecting neighbours. This extraordinarily ambitious book traces the history of that invention and its impact on the surrounding Asian world - Korea, Japan, South East Asia and South Asia - from the ninth through the twentieth century. As the book makes clear, the spread of war and its technology had devastating consequences on the political and cultural fabric of those early societies although each reacted very differently. The book, which is packed with information about military strategy, interregional warfare and the development of armaments, also engages with the major debates and challenges traditional thinking on Europe's contribution to military technology in Asia. Articulate and comprehensive, this book will be a welcome addition to the undergraduate classroom and to all those interested in Asian studies and military history.

    • Traces the history of guns and gunpowder in Asia across a thousand years
    • Challenges traditional thinking on Europe's contribution to military technology in Asia
    • Packed with information about military strategy, interregional warfare and the development of armaments
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    'This is an important study that students and teachers will find both informative and challenging. I thoroughly recommend it.' The Historical Association

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521609548
    • length: 202 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 9 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. China through the Yuan
    2. Japan and the wars of unification
    3. The Chinese military revolution and war in Korea
    4. Southeast Asia
    5. South Asia to 1750
    6. The military revolution in South Asia:
    7. The arrival and departure of the West

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Non Western Military History
    • Study of the Modern World-System
  • Author

    Peter A. Lorge, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
    Peter Lorge is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee.

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