Chinese and Indian Warfare – From the Classical Age to 1870

Edited by Kaushik Roy, Peter Lorge

© 2014 – Routledge

380 pages

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Hardback: 9780415502443
pub: 2014-12-17
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About the Book

This book examines the differences and similarities between warfare in China and India before 1870, both conceptually and on the battlefield. By focusing on Chinese and Indian warfare, the book breaks the intellectual paradigm requiring non-Western histories and cultures to be compared to the West, and allows scholarship on two of the oldest civilizations to be brought together. An international group of scholars compare and contrast the modes and conceptions of warfare in China and India, providing important original contributions to the growing study of Asian military history.

Table of Contents

IntroductionKaushik Roy and Peter Lorge Part 1: Military Theory/Theories of Warfare in China and India 1. Opportune Moments in Early Chinese Military Thought: The Concept of Ji in the Warring States Period Manuscript Cao Mie’s Battle Array Earnest Caldwell 2. Yuddha and Vijaya: Concepts of War and Conquest in Ancient and Early Medieval India (1500 BCE-1300 CE) Krishnendu Ray Part 2: Technology, Geography and Warfare 3. Chinese Border Garrisons in an International Context: Liaodong under the Early Ming Dynasty David M Robinson 4. Elephants in Pre-Modern India Debraj Chakraborty 5. British-India and Afghanistan: 1707-1842 Kaushik Roy 6. Technological Advance in the War against the Mongols Kai Filipak 7. Bringing in the Big Guns: On the Use of Artillery in the Ming-Manchu War Kenneth Swope 8. Battles, Boats and Bridges: Mughal Amphibious Warfare, 1571-1612 Pratyay Nath 9. Indo-Portuguese Naval Battles in the Indian Ocean during the Early Sixteenth Century K.S. Mathew 10. The Politics of Military Control in the West Coast: Marathas, Mughals and the Europeans, 1650-1730 Amarendra Kumar Part 3: Military Culture, State and Society 11. Command, Control, and Castration: Eunuch Supervisors in the Armies of the Tang Dynasty David A. Graff 12. The Cultural Construction of War in Tang Frontier Poetry Ming Jiang 13. Martial Values in Painting: Chinese Bannerman Painters at the Qing Court Nixi Cura 14. Disorder in the General Staff: A Corruption Case during the First Jinchuan War (1747–1749) Ulrich Thoebald 15. Fortified Walls and Social Ordering in China’s Late Eighteenth-Century Revolts Daniel McMahon 16. Total War: Military Supply and Civilian Resources during China’s Era of Rebellions Elisabeth Kaske 17. European Military Experience in South Asia: The Dutch and British armies in Sri Lanka in the Eighteenth Century Channa Wickremesekera 18. Military Revolution and State Formation Reconsidered: Mir Qasim, Haider Ali and Transition to Colonial Rule in the 1760s Douglas M. Peers 19. Contrasting Indian and British Concepts of Race and Authority in the East India Company Armies Michael Fisher 20. The East India Company, the Indian Army and the China Wars, 1839-1860 Rob Johnson

About the Editors

Kaushik Roy is Guru Nanak Professor in the Department of History at Jadavpur University, India and Global Fellow at PRIO, Norway

Peter Lorge is Assistant Professor in Chinese History at Vanderbilt University, USA

About the Series

Asian States and Empires

The importance of Asia will continue to grow in the twenty-first century, but remarkably little is available in English on the history of the polities that constitute this critical area.  Most current work on Asia is hindered by the extremely limited state of knowledge of the Asian past in general, and the history of Asian states and empires in particular.  Asian States and Empires is a book series that will provide detailed accounts of the history of states and empires across Asia from earliest times until the present.  It aims to explain and describe the formation, maintenance and collapse of Asian states and empires, and the means by which this was accomplished, making available the history of more than half the world’s population at a level of detail comparable to the history of Western polities.  In so doing, it will demonstrate that Asian peoples and civilizations had their own histories apart from the West, and provide the basis for understanding contemporary Asia in terms of its actual histories, rather than broad generalizations informed by Western categories of knowledge.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / China
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General