The Asian Military Revolution
From Gunpowder to the Bomb
By (author) Peter A. Lorge
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Asian Military Revolution by Peter A. Lorge
Book DescriptionRecords show that the Chinese invented gunpowder in the 800s. By the 1200s they had unleashed the first weapons of war upon their unsuspecting neighbours. This extraordinarily ambitious book traces the history of that invention and its impact on the surrounding Asian world - Korea, Japan, South East Asia and South Asia - from the ninth through the twentieth century. As the book makes clear, the spread of war and its technology had devastating consequences on the political and cultural fabric of those early societies although each reacted very differently. The book, which is packed with information about military strategy, interregional warfare and the development of armaments, also engages with the major debates and challenges traditional thinking on Europe's contribution to military technology in Asia. Articulate and comprehensive, this book will be a welcome addition to the undergraduate classroom and to all those interested in Asian studies and military history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521846820
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This book explores the impact of the Chinese invention of gunpowder on the surrounding Asian region.
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Author Biography - Peter A. Lorge
Peter Lorge is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee.
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