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Science and Civilisation in China : Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 6, Military Technology: Missiles and Sieges: Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 6, Military Technology: Missiles and Sieges Military Technology - Missiles  - Joseph Needham

Science and Civilisation in China

Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 6, Military Technology: Missiles and Sieges: Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 6, Military Technology: Missiles and Sieges Military Technology - Missiles

Hardcover Published: 9th March 1995
ISBN: 9780521327275
Number Of Pages: 620

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Science and Civilisation in China Volume V Part 6 is the first of the three parts dealing with the arts of war in ancient and medieval China. (Part 7--on gunpowder and all aspects of explosive weapons--has already been published, while Part 8--on cavalry techniques and signaling--is still in preparation.) The present volume opens with an introduction on Chinese attitudes to warfare in general. Four major sections follow: on the making and use of simple bows; on the crossbow, the standard weapon of the Han armies, and its introduction to the Western world; on the pre-gunpowder forms of artillery, including the invention of the trebuchet; and on the art of siege warfare in which the Mohists were particularly interested. There is a good deal of material on siege-warfare available, and this final section is a substantial one, covering all aspects in detail.

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Military Technology
Introduction
Chinese Literature on the Art of War Krysztof Gawlikowski
The military theoreticians
The military encyclopaedists
Basic concepts of the classical Chinese theory of war
general principles of action
Combat and competition
Other components of the classical Chinese theory of war
The main controversies within Chinese military thought
Distinctive Features of Chinese Military Thought
Reasons for its perennial vitality
A syncretistic tradition
the non-military approach to war and the duties of soldiers
The great popularity of military thought among the people
Military thought in civil life
The place of the military element (wu) in the Chinese world order
Projectile Weapons: I. Archery (with Edward McEwen)
The bow
The crossbow
The social role of the bow and crossbow
Ballistic Machinery: (with Wang Ling)
Spring, sinew, sling and swape
definitions and distribution
Forms of the arcuballista
Trebuchets, manned and counterweighted
Distribution and diffusion
Early Poliorcetics: the Mohists to the Sung Robin D. S. Yates
Early cities
The twelve types of attack
Bibliographies
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ISBN: 9780521327275
ISBN-10: 052132727X
Series: Science and Civilisation in China : Book 5
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 620
Published: 9th March 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.04 x 20.32  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 1.52

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