Medieval Chinese Warfare 300-900

Shortly after 300 AD, barbarian invaders from Inner Asia toppled China s Western Jin dynasty, leaving the country divided and at war for several centuries Despite this, the empire gradually formed a unified imperial order Medieval Chinese Warfare, 300 900 explores the military strategies, institutions and wars that reconstructed the Chinese empire that has survived intoShortly after 300 AD, barbarian invaders from Inner Asia toppled China s Western Jin dynasty, leaving the country divided and at war for several centuries Despite this, the empire gradually formed a unified imperial order Medieval Chinese Warfare, 300 900 explores the military strategies, institutions and wars that reconstructed the Chinese empire that has survived into modern times.Drawing on classical Chinese sources and the best modern scholarship from China and Japan, David A Graff connects military affairs with political and social developments to show how China s history was shaped by war.
Medieval Chinese Warfare Shortly after AD barbarian invaders from Inner Asia toppled China s Western Jin dynasty leaving the country divided and at war for several centuries Despite this the empire gradually formed a u

  • Title: Medieval Chinese Warfare 300-900
  • Author: David A. Graff
  • ISBN: 9780415239554
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Medieval Chinese Warfare 300-900”

    1. Very good book on what is usually called 'medieval China'. The author walks us through centuries of warfare and disunity, finally culminating with the unification of China by the short lived Sui dynasty, and again afterwards by the Tang. He explains how the empire was thrown into chaos by the internal strife in the Jin court which allowed barbarians from the north to conquer and establish regimes in most of north China for centuries. He also goes into detail about the changes in the armies and h [...]

    2. Last night I finished reading, Medieval Chinese Warfare, 300-900 AD by David A. Graff. I had originally found it at half price books, and while I'm not normally that excited by military history it was so rare to find a book that covered the Tang in a used book store I had to get it.The book was the first English language book to look at the history of Chinese warfare during this time period. It seemed to have two intended audiences, those who were interested in military history and knew little a [...]

    3. The period Graff covers is quite long indeed. Chapter 1 begins with an explanation of more ancient Chinese modes of warfare, but the main narrative really begins with Chapter 2's "The Fall of Western Jin." The end of Western Jin ushered in a new epoch of instability and tumult in China. In this period, "barbarian" rulers primarily of Xianbei, Xiongnu, Di, Qiang and Jie ethnicity set up dynasties in the North. In the South, the shaky Eastern Jin dynasty held onto power for roughly a century befor [...]

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