Warfare in Inner Asian History (500-1800)

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Military developments in Inner Asia lay at the basis of the rise of a number of Ancient and Early Modern Empires. This is the first scholarly work to embrace Inner Asian military history across a broad spatial and chronological spectrum, from the Turks and Uighurs to the Pechenegs, and from the Mongol invasion of Syria to the Manchu conquest of China. Based on previously unknown and until now underestimated sources, the contributors to this volume explore the context, development, and characteristic features of Inner Asian warfare, making original contributions to our understanding of Asian and world history.

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'…contribute[s] much to military history…the chapters measure up to the subject and the introduction, a verdict that can be delivered in the case of far too few edited volumes.'
Jeremy Black, Journal of World History, 2004.
In sections covering the periods before, during, and after the dominance of the Mongols, contributors whose credentials are not noted explore how the nomads of Inner Asia played a central role in the military history of Eurasia for over a thousand years. Of the ten essays, six focus on the eastern steppe around China, and four on western and central Asia. They recognize the centrality of the original sources, but place assumptions about their accuracy in historical context. A unifying, though sometimes underlying, theme is the pattern of interaction between nomadic and sedentary peoples. Possible correlations between the history of the steppe nomads and world history are also considered. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Nicola Di Cosmo, Ph.D. (1991) Indiana University, has held academic positions at Cambridge, Indiana and Harvard University. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Chinese History at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His most recent book is Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian History

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Inner Asian Ways of Warfare in Historical Perspective 1
Pt. 1 The Medieval Period (500-1200)
Strategy and Contingency in the Tang Defeat of the Eastern Turks, 629-630 33
The Uighur-Chinese Conflict of 840-848 73
War and Warfare in the Pre-Cinggisid Western Steppes of Eurasia 105
Pt. 2 The Mongol Age (1200-1400)
The Battle of Herat (1270): A Case of Inter-Mongol Warfare 175
Whither the Ilkhanid Army? Ghazan's First Campaign into Syria (1299-1230) 221
The Circulation of Military Technology in the Mongolian Empire 265
The Mongol Conquest of Dali: The Failed Second Front 295
Pt. 3 The Early Modern Period (1400-1800)
Military Aspects of the Manchu Wars against the Caqars 337
Fate and Fortune in Central Eurasian Warfare: Three Qing Emperors and their Mongol Rivals 369
Military Ritual and the Qing Empire 405
General Index 445
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