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The Gunpowder Age : China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History.

By: Andrade, Tonio.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2016Copyright date: ©2016Description: 1 online resource (445 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781400874446.Subject(s): China - History, MilitaryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Gunpowder Age : China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World HistoryDDC classification: 951.03 LOC classification: DS738Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Title -- Dedication -- Contents -- INTRODUCTION The Military Pattern of the Chinese Past -- PART I: CHINESE BEGINNINGS -- CHAPTER 1 The Crucible: The Song Warring States Period -- CHAPTER 2 Early Gunpowder Warfare -- CHAPTER 3 The Mongol Wars and the Evolution of the Gun -- CHAPTER 4 Great Martiality: The Gunpowder Emperor -- PART II: EUROPE GETS THE GUN -- CHAPTER 5 The Medieval Gun -- CHAPTER 6 Big Guns: Why Western Europe and Not China Developed Gunpowder Artillery -- CHAPTER 7 The Development of the Classic Gun in Europe -- CHAPTER 8 The Gunpowder Age in Europe -- CHAPTER 9 Cannibals with Cannons: The Sino-Portuguese Clashes of 1521-1522 -- PART III: AN AGE OF PARITY -- CHAPTER 10 The Frankish Cannon -- CHAPTER 11 Drill, Discipline, and the Rise of the West -- CHAPTER 12 The Musket in East Asia -- CHAPTER 13 The Seventeenth Century: An Age of Parity? -- CHAPTER 14 A European Naval Advantage -- CHAPTER 15 The Renaissance Fortress: An Agent of European Expansion? -- PART IV: THE GREAT MILITARY DIVERGENCE -- CHAPTER 16 The Opium War and the Great Divergence -- CHAPTER 17 A Modernizing Moment: Opium War Reforms -- CHAPTER 18 China's Modernization and the End of the Gunpowder Age -- CONCLUSIONS A New Warring States Period? -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix 1: Timeline -- Appendix 2: Datasets -- Abbreviations -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
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Cover -- Title -- Dedication -- Contents -- INTRODUCTION The Military Pattern of the Chinese Past -- PART I: CHINESE BEGINNINGS -- CHAPTER 1 The Crucible: The Song Warring States Period -- CHAPTER 2 Early Gunpowder Warfare -- CHAPTER 3 The Mongol Wars and the Evolution of the Gun -- CHAPTER 4 Great Martiality: The Gunpowder Emperor -- PART II: EUROPE GETS THE GUN -- CHAPTER 5 The Medieval Gun -- CHAPTER 6 Big Guns: Why Western Europe and Not China Developed Gunpowder Artillery -- CHAPTER 7 The Development of the Classic Gun in Europe -- CHAPTER 8 The Gunpowder Age in Europe -- CHAPTER 9 Cannibals with Cannons: The Sino-Portuguese Clashes of 1521-1522 -- PART III: AN AGE OF PARITY -- CHAPTER 10 The Frankish Cannon -- CHAPTER 11 Drill, Discipline, and the Rise of the West -- CHAPTER 12 The Musket in East Asia -- CHAPTER 13 The Seventeenth Century: An Age of Parity? -- CHAPTER 14 A European Naval Advantage -- CHAPTER 15 The Renaissance Fortress: An Agent of European Expansion? -- PART IV: THE GREAT MILITARY DIVERGENCE -- CHAPTER 16 The Opium War and the Great Divergence -- CHAPTER 17 A Modernizing Moment: Opium War Reforms -- CHAPTER 18 China's Modernization and the End of the Gunpowder Age -- CONCLUSIONS A New Warring States Period? -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix 1: Timeline -- Appendix 2: Datasets -- Abbreviations -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.

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Historian Andrade (Emory Univ.) provides a broad overview of Chinese military history from the Warring States period to the present. He analyzes why China fell behind Europe militarily by the modern era, when he believes it had earlier experienced periods of military superiority or parity with the West. The author rejects notions of the Chinese leadership as isolationist or hostile to European influences, and instead provides examples of Chinese commanders adopting European military ideas. Andrade views the period from 1760 until 1839 to be particularly crucial for opening a gap between the militaries of China and Europe. During this period, China experienced a period of peace that caused the military to decline, while Europe experienced great military advances as a result of the Napoleonic Wars and the Industrial Revolution. While the book challenges the traditional historiography and will spark debates among scholars, the author at times provides weak evidence that does not compellingly support his assertions. Scholars of the early modern period, in particular, will find his conclusions about China's military parity with Europe to be problematic. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students/faculty. --Mary Elizabeth Ailes, University of Nebraska at Kearney

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Tonio Andrade is professor of history at Emory University and the author of Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China's First Great Victory over the West (Princeton) and How Taiwan Became Chinese .

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