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Military Culture in Imperial China

by Nicola Di Cosmo (Editor)

Other authors: Rafe de Crespigny (Contributor), Yingcong Dai (Contributor), Edward L. Dreyer (Contributor), Grace S. Fong (Contributor), S. R. Gilbert (Contributor)9 more, David A. Graff (Contributor), Michael Loewe (Contributor), Peter C. Perdue (Contributor), Kathleen Ryor (Contributor), Ralph D. Sawyer (Contributor), Jonathan Karam Skaff (Contributor), Joanna Waley-Cohen (Contributor), Don J. Wyatt (Contributor), Robin D. S. Yates (Contributor)

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Perhaps a companion to Di Cosmo's edited Warfare in Inner Asian History. This too is aspects and specific instances of the culture of war -- in China this time. Fascinating essays. Law and the Military, on punitive war; Martial Prognostication, on superstitions; Tang (mis)Representations of Battle, written for court consumption; and a brilliant one on psychology of war in the Song Dynasty (known for its civilian ethos) by Don J. Wyatt, with three portraits of real but not-so-famous men, to explore attitudes. ( )
  Jakujin | Dec 23, 2013 |
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Cosmo, Nicola DiEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crespigny, Rafe deContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dai, YingcongContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dreyer, Edward L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fong, Grace S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, S. R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Graff, David A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Loewe, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Perdue, Peter C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ryor, KathleenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sawyer, Ralph D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Skaff, Jonathan KaramContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Waley-Cohen, JoannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wyatt, Don J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yates, Robin D. S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Contents:
  • "Law and the military in early China" by Robin D.S. Yates
  • "Martial prognostication" by Ralph D. Sawyer
  • "The Western Han army: organization, leadership, and operation" by Michael Loewe
  • "The military culture of later Han" by Rafe de Crespigny
  • "Military aspects of the War of the Eight Princes, 300-307" by Edward L. Dreyer
  • "Narrative maneuvers: the representation of battle in Tang historical writing" by David A. Graff
  • "Tang military culture and its Inner Asian influences" by Jonathan Karam Skaff
  • "Unsung men of war: acculturated embodiments of the martial ethos in the Song dynasty" by Don J. Wyatt
  • "Wen and wu in elite cultural practices during the late Ming" by Kathleen Ryor
  • "Mengzi's art of war: the Kangxi emperor reforms the Qing military examinations" by S.R. Gilbert
  • "Writing from experience: personal records of war and disorder in Jiangnan during the Ming-Qing transition" by Grace S. Fong
  • "Militarization of culture in eighteenth-century China" by Joanna Waley-Cohen
  • "Military finance of the high Qing period: an overview" by Yingcong Dai
  • "Coercion and commerce on two Chinese frontiers" by Peter C. Perdue
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0674031091, Hardcover)

This volume explores the relationship between culture and the military in Chinese society from early China to the Qing empire, with contributions by eminent scholars aiming to reexamine the relationship between military matters and law, government, historiography, art, philosophy, literature, and politics.

The book critically investigates the perception that, due to the influence of Confucianism, Chinese culture has systematically devalued military matters. There was nothing inherently pacifist about the Chinese governments’ views of war, and pragmatic approaches—even aggressive and expansionist projects—often prevailed.

Though it has changed in form, a military elite has existed in China from the beginning of its history, and military service included a large proportion of the population at any given time. Popular literature praised the martial ethos of fighting men. Civil officials attended constantly to military matters on the administrative and financial ends. The seven military classics produced in antiquity continued to be read even into the modern period.

These original essays explore the ways in which intellectual, civilian, and literary elements helped shape the nature of military institutions, theory, and the culture of war. This important contribution bridges two literatures, military and cultural, that seldom appear together in the study of China, and deepens our understanding of war and society in Chinese history.

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These original essays reexamine the relationship between culture and the military in Chinese society.

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