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Capital Cities and Urban Form in Pre-modern China: Luoyang, 1038 BCE to 938 CE

Capital Cities and Urban Form in Pre-modern China: Luoyang, 1038 BCE to 938 CE

Forthcoming

Victor Cunrui Xiong
March 08, 2018

Luoyang, situated in present-day Henan province, was one of the great urban centres of pre-Qin and early imperial China, the favoured site for dynastic capitals for almost two millennia. This book, the first in any Western language on the subject, traces the rise and fall of the six different...

The Eurasian Way of War: Military Practice in Seventh-Century China and Byzantium

The Eurasian Way of War: Military Practice in Seventh-Century China and Byzantium

David A. Graff
January 12, 2018

This book is a comparative study of military practice in Sui-Tang China and the Byzantine Empire between approximately 600 and 700 CE. It covers all aspects of the military art from weapons and battlefield tactics to logistics, campaign organization, military institutions, and the grand strategy of...

Warfare in Pre-British India – 1500BCE to 1740CE

Warfare in Pre-British India – 1500BCE to 1740CE

Kaushik Roy
December 21, 2017

This book presents a comprehensive survey of warfare in India up to the point where the British began to dominate the sub-continent. It discusses issues such as how far was the relatively bloodless nature of pre-British Indian warfare the product of stateless Indian society? How far did technology...

Early Modern East Asia: War, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange

Early Modern East Asia: War, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange

Kenneth M. Swope, Tonio Andrade
November 09, 2017

This book presents a great deal of new primary research on a wide range of aspects of early modern East Asia. Focusing primarily on maritime connections, the book explores the importance of international trade networks, the implications of technological dissemination, and the often unforeseen...

Tropical Warfare in the Asia-Pacific Region, 1941-45

Tropical Warfare in the Asia-Pacific Region, 1941-45

Kaushik Roy
October 30, 2017

This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the land war during the Second World War in South-East Asia and the South and South-West Pacific. The extensive existing literature focuses on particular armies – Japanese, British, American, Australian or Indian – and/or on particular...

The East Asian War, 1592-1598: International Relations, Violence and Memory

The East Asian War, 1592-1598: International Relations, Violence and Memory

James B. Lewis
October 23, 2017

As East Asia regains its historical position as a world centre, information on the history of regional relations becomes ever more critical. Astonishingly, Northeast Asia enjoyed five centuries of international peace from 1400 to 1894, broken only by one major international war – the invasion of...

Chinese and Indian Warfare – From the Classical Age to 1870

Chinese and Indian Warfare – From the Classical Age to 1870

Kaushik Roy, Peter Lorge
October 13, 2017

This book examines the differences and similarities between warfare in China and India before 1870, both conceptually and on the battlefield. By focusing on Chinese and Indian warfare, the book breaks the intellectual paradigm requiring non-Western histories and cultures to be compared to the West,...

Civil-Military Relations in Chinese History: From Ancient China to the Communist Takeover

Civil-Military Relations in Chinese History: From Ancient China to the Communist Takeover

Kai Filipiak
October 13, 2017

Modern studies of civil--military relations recognise that the military is separate from civil society, with its own norms and values, principles of organization, and regulations. Key issues of concern include the means by which – and the extent to which – the civil power controls the military; and...

The Mughal Empire at War: Babur, Akbar and the Indian Military Revolution, 1500-1605

The Mughal Empire at War: Babur, Akbar and the Indian Military Revolution, 1500-1605

Andrew de la Garza
October 12, 2017

The Mughal Empire was one of the great powers of the early modern era, ruling almost all of South Asia, a conquest state, dominated by its military elite. Many historians have viewed the Mughal Empire as relatively backward, the Emperor the head of a traditional warband from Central Asia, with...

Rethinking the Decline of China's Qing Dynasty: Imperial Activism and Borderland Management at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century

Rethinking the Decline of China's Qing Dynasty: Imperial Activism and Borderland Management at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century

Daniel McMahon
October 12, 2017

The many instances of regional insurgency and unrest that erupted on China’s borderlands at the turn of the nineteenth century are often regarded by scholars as evidence of government disability and the incipient decline of the imperial Qing dynasty. This book, based on extensive original research,...

Rethinking Prehistoric Central Asia: Shepherds, Farmers, and Nomads

Rethinking Prehistoric Central Asia: Shepherds, Farmers, and Nomads

Claudia Chang
August 25, 2017

The peoples of Inner Asia in the second half of the first millennium BC have long been considered to be nomads, engaging in warfare and conflict. This book, which presents the findings of new archaeological research in southeastern Kazakhstan, analyzes these findings to present important...

China's Second Capital – Nanjing under the Ming, 1368-1644

China's Second Capital – Nanjing under the Ming, 1368-1644

Jun Fang
May 10, 2017

This book is a study of the dual capital system of Ming dynasty China (1368-1644), with a focus on the administrative functions of the auxiliary Southern Capital, Nanjing. It argues that the immense geographical expanse of the Chinese empire and the poor communication infrastructure of pre-modern...

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