1st Edition

Medieval Chinese Warfare 300-900

By David Graff Copyright 2002
    298 Pages
    by Routledge

    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    List of maps, Preface and acknowledgments, Introduction, 1 The legacy of antiquity, 2 The fall of Western Jin, 3 The north under barbarian rule, 4 The south under émigré rule, 5 From Northern Wei to Northern Zhou, 6 North versus south, 7 The Koguryo? War and the fall of the Sui dynasty, 8 Li Shimin and the military consolidation of the Tang dynasty, 9 The early Tang military and the expeditionary armies, 10 The price of professionalism, 11 Consequences of the An Lushan rebellion, Conclusion, Bibliography, Index


    David Graff

    'This is an important addition to the rapidly growing literature in English on Chinese warfare.' - The Journal of Asian Studies

    'A superlative history of medieval China ... the best historical account in English available.' - War in History