The Reunification of China: Peace through War under the Song Dynasty

The Reunification of China: Peace through War under the Song Dynasty

by Peter Lorge


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ISBN-13: 9781107446793
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/08/2018
Pages: 309
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)

About the Author

Peter Lorge specializes in tenth- and eleventh-century Chinese military history and thought, and is the author, most recently, of Chinese Martial Arts: From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge, 2012), and editor of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (2010), and Debating War in Chinese History (2013) and Chinese and Indian Warfare: From the Classical Age to 1870 (with Kaushik Roy, 2014). His earlier books include War, Politics and Society in Early Modern China, 900-1795 (2005) and The Asian Military Revolution: From Gunpowder to the Bomb (Cambridge, 2008). He is also the editor of a book series with Routledge, Asian States and Empires. He is currently working on a history of Chinese military thought from the third to the thirteenth centuries.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Historiography, methodology, and Song military and political history; 3. The pivot of the tenth century; 4. Rebuilding the empire; 5. The army and the creation of the Song dynasty; 6. Personal politics and the campaigns of conquest; 7. Separating war and politics; 8. Fighting to become emperor; 9. Failure and rebellion; 10. The end of the beginning; 11. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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