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From the Publisher"...readers...will find no other single source that brings together the evolution of Chinese military technology, systematically sets it alongside contemporary developments in the West, and examines the connections between them. This book is essential reading for everyone interested in ancient and medieval European warfare as well as for those who study the art of war in China." Geoffrey Parker, The Journal of Military History
"...a heroic and successful effort by those, including the publisher, who have accomplished it." Robert P. Multhauf, Technology and Culture
"This fine, copiously illustrated volume edited by Joseph Needham and Robin D.S. Yates reminds us how much the excavations of recent decades have changed our understanding of ancient China...Yates explicates incomplete or intractable texts as thoroughly as possible, and his tendency to speculate is balanced by his excellent use of written and archaeological sources....he also highlights the complex ways in which warfare and culture have been linked in China since antiquity. This work is a mine of information on a broad range of topics and indispensable reading for historians of technology, military thought and philosophy, and urbanizations." Joanna Waley-Cohen, Asia
"[An] astonishing and enduring study...[Needham brings] depth of emotion and technical finesse to his task."
Jonathan Spence, New York Review of Books
"Perhaps the greatest single act of historical synthesis and intercultural communication ever attempted by one man."
Laurence Picken, Cambridge University