142 pages | 2 B/W Illus.
Providing original insights into Chinese military history, Nicola Di Cosmo gives an annotated translation of the only known military diary in pre-modern Chinese history, providing fresh and extensive information on the inner workings of the Ch'ing army. The personal experience of the author, a young Manchu officer fighting in inhospitable South-Western China, take us close to the 'face of the battle' in seventeenth-century China, and enriches our general knowledge of military history.
'Anyone interested in this unique description of Manchu-Chinese warfare viewed through the eyes of a participant should read it: there is much here to learn and much that will entertain in the process.' - Denis Sinor, Journal of Asian History, 41/1, 2007
'Zengšeo's diary and Di Cosmo's translation are a very precious contribution to "inside Manchu history" and - which should be underlined - to Manchu autochtonous literature… Though the problem of Manchu "sinicization" is far from being solved, the book under review is indeed a fine contribution to such a complicated issue.' - Giovanni Stary, Central Asiatic Journal, 51/2, 2007
Introduction. Translation. Manchu Text. Bibliography. Glossary. Index
The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of the early history of Asia.