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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.Read more
- 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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"Highly recommended." -ChoiceSee more reviews
"Lorge's book is a valuable addition to other works on the history of Asian and European military modernization...[His] argument provides ample material to support, at the very least, a more balanced discussion of the origins of military progress in both Asia and Europe." - Robert Daniel Wallace, US Army Command and General Staff CollegeCanadian Journal of History
"The Asian Military Revolution is designed as an introductory text for undergraduate students considering the impact of gunpowder weapons upon Asian civilizations, and with it Peter Lorge largely succeeds in his goals to underscore the significance of gunpowder weapons in Asia and in his attempt to counter Western expectations that technological development fueled 'modern' Asian historical development." - Journal of World History
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- Date Published: August 2008
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521846820
- length: 202 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 156 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.44kg
- 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
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- Non Western Military History
- Study of the Modern World-System
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