Chinese Martial Arts

Chinese Martial Arts : From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century

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In the global world of the twenty-first century, martial arts are practised for self-defense and sporting purposes only. However, for thousands of years, they were a central feature of military practice in China and essential for the smooth functioning of society. This book, which opens with an intriguing account of the very first female martial artist, charts the history of combat and fighting techniques in China from the Bronze Age to the present. This broad panorama affords fascinating glimpses into the transformation of martial skills, techniques and weaponry against the background of Chinese history, the rise and fall of empires, their governments and their armies. Quotations from literature and poetry, and the stories of individual warriors, infuse the narrative, offering personal reflections on prowess in the battlefield and techniques of engagement. This is an engaging and readable introduction to the authentic history of Chinese martial more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 26 b/w illus.
  • 1139184466
  • 9781139184465

Table of contents

1. From the Stone Age to the end of the Spring and Autumn Period; 2. The Warring States period; 3. The Qin and Han dynasties; 4. The six dynasties; 5. The Sui and Tang dynasties; 6. The five dynasties and ten kingdoms and the Song dynasty; 7. The Yuan dynasty; 8. The Ming dynasty (1368-1644); 9. The Qing dynasty (1644-1911); 10. Post-imperial more