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Description - Defending Heaven by James Waterson

The Defence of Heaven brings together, for the first time in one volume, a complete history of the Jin, Song and Ming dynasties' wars fought against the Mongols. Lasting nearly two centuries, these wars, fought to defend Chinese civilisation against a brutal and unrelenting foe, pitted personal heroics against the inexorable Mongol war machine and involved every part of the Chinese state. The resistance of the Chinese dynasties to the Khans is a complex and rich story of shifting alliances and political scheming, vast armies and navies, bloody battles and an astonishing technological revolution. The great events of China's Mongol war are described and analysed, detailing their immediate and later implications for Chinese history. In this excellent new book James Waterson tackles this fascinating subject with characteristic verve and skill. Setting the Mongol war in the wider context of China's ancient and almost perpetual conflict with the northern nomads, it sheds light on the evolution of China's military society and the management, command and control of the army by the Chinese state.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781848326606
ISBN-10: 1848326602
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Frontline Books
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Apr-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - James Waterson

JAMES WATERSON is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and is currently a PhD student with the University of Maastricht. His other works include Sacred Swords, The Ismaili Assassins and The Knights of Islam.

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