China's history has been shaped by war. 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 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. The first survey of medieval Chinese military history to be published in English, this seminal text will be of appeal to readers of both military and Chinese history.
Building around a rather straightforward narrative of political and military events, Graff (history, Kansas State U.) attempts to close the gap that separates the Chinese and Western-language literature dealing with the interrelationship of warfare, state, and society during the six centuries between the fall of the Western Jin dynasty and the fall of the Tang dynasty. Within this basic framework, developments in military institutions, social and political structures, and the techniques of warfare are introduced. Connections between warfare, military institutions, and social change are emphasized. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)