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Chinese Martial Arts
From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century

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  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521878814

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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. Individuals who were adept in using weapons were highly regarded, not simply as warriors but also as tacticians and performers. This book, which opens with an intriguing account of the very first female martial artist, 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 is an engaging and readable introduction to the authentic history of Chinese martial arts.

    • A fast-moving, concise and anecdotal history of martial arts in China across three thousand years
    • Explains the significance of military tactics and weapon handling in the political, social and cultural transformation of Chinese civilization
    • A book for martial arts enthusiasts, as well as for students of Chinese history and military history
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521878814
    • length: 282 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 161 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. From the Stone Age to the end of the Spring and Autumn Period
    2. The Warring States period
    3. The Qin and Han dynasties
    4. The six dynasties
    5. The Sui and Tang dynasties
    6. The five dynasties and ten kingdoms and the Song dynasty
    7. The Yuan dynasty
    8. The Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
    9. The Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
    10. Post-imperial China.

  • Author

    Peter A. Lorge, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
    Peter A. Lorge is a Senior Lecturer of History at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee. 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 (Cambridge, 2008).

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