Medieval Chinese Warfare 300-900

By David Graff

© 2001 – Routledge

304 pages

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pub: 2001-11-29
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About the Book

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.


'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

About the Series

Warfare and History

This new series of single-authored books on war, warfare and society marks a major new publishing initiative in military history for undergraduate students. Covering the whole span of history, the series seeks to encourage works on the impact of war and the preparations for war on social, economic and political developments. The books will eschew the 'battles and generals' approach, and seek to place militarism in context.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General