Fire and Water: The Art of Incendiary and Aquatic Warfare in China

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China's official histories are replete with intriguing examples of incendiary and aquatic warfare being employed (particularly by the outnumbered) in pivotal roles to turn the tide of battle. In his new book Fire and Water, best-selling author Ralph Sawyer traces the dynamic evolution and development of incendiary warfare in ancient China, from antiquity through the introduction of true gunpowder weapons, including cannon and muskets. Discussing both use and techniques, the book similarly unfolds the evolution of aquatic methodology, emphasizing the strong interconnection between the two with the inception of riverine combat. Fundamentally based upon an examination of the Chinese military writings, Sawyer examines and recounts the most important clashes and epochal conflicts in which these dramatic tactics were employed over the centuries. Although not a naval history, Sawyer does examine the extensive employment of incendiary attacks in naval conflict and explores the means for overcoming riverine obstacles, such as floating bridges.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813340654
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 1/6/2004
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph D. Sawyer, one of America’s leading scholars in Chinese warfare, has worked extensively with major intelligence and defense agencies. After studying at MIT and Harvard and a brief stint of university teaching, Sawyer has spent the past thirty years lecturing and doing international consulting work focused on China.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Fire 3
2 The Warring States 23
3 Post-Warring States Developments 49
4 Theoretical Developments 77
5 Methods, Weapons, and Techniques 109
6 Wind, Smoke, and Issues of Defense 149
7 Riverine Warfare 195
8 Water 241
9 Aquatic Attack 275
10 Negating Water Sources 317
11 Illustrative Sieges 343
Notes 373
Bibliography of Chinese Materials 421
Suggested Further Reading 423
Index 427
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