Fighting Ships of the Far East: China and Southeast Asia 202 BC-AD 1419

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Fighting Ships of the Far East (1) adds enormously to the hitherto small corpus of knowledge about a fascinating and little known subject. Using detailed descriptions, accurate cutaway plates and reliable historical examples, this book covers the history of Chinese ship design and naval warfare from the beginning of the Han dynasty to the first few years of the Ming dynasty. The epic battle of Lake Poyang in in 1363, won by the man who was to become the first Ming Emperor, is ...
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Fighting Ships of the Far East (1): China and Southeast Asia 202 BC-AD 1419

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Overview

Fighting Ships of the Far East (1) adds enormously to the hitherto small corpus of knowledge about a fascinating and little known subject. Using detailed descriptions, accurate cutaway plates and reliable historical examples, this book covers the history of Chinese ship design and naval warfare from the beginning of the Han dynasty to the first few years of the Ming dynasty. The epic battle of Lake Poyang in in 1363, won by the man who was to become the first Ming Emperor, is also detailed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841763866
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Series: New Vanguard Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,175,822
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Turnbull is the world's leading English language authority on medieval Japan and the samurai. He has travelled extensively in the far east, particularly in Japan and Korea and is the author of ‘The Samurai - A Military History’ and Men-at-Arms 86: ‘Samurai Armies 1550-1615’.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Fighting Ships and Naval Warfare in the Ancient and Medieval Far East 4
Fighting ships from Ancient China to the Tang
The fighting ships of the Song dynasty
Southeast Asia in the 12th Century AD
The rise of the Mongols
The founding of the Mongol navy
The Mongol naval campaigns in Southeast Asia
Naval power in the founding of the Ming dynasty
Techniques and Types of Chinese Ships and Shipbuilding 10
The first Chinese ships
The sampan
The eternal Chinese junk
The construction of a Chinese junk
Oar propulsion
Sails, rudders and anchors
The Chinese Fighting Ship 14
Early specialist warships
The typology of Chinese warships
Lou chuan: The medieval Chinese battleship
Paddle-wheel fighting ships
The Chinese Fighting Ship in Action 21
Armour plating on Chinese warships
The use of striking arms
Boarding parties and close combat
Catapults and bombs
Naval incendiary weapons
A Case Study of Chinese Fighting Ships 37
The battle of Lake Poyang, 1363
Southeast Asian Fighting Ships 40
The war barge
War barge fighting techniques
Suggestions for Further Reading 43
Colour Plate Commentary 44
Index 48
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