Peter A. Lorge's Chinese Martial Arts: From Antiquity to the Twenty-First PDF

By Peter A. Lorge

ISBN-10: 0521878810

ISBN-13: 9780521878814

ISBN-10: 1316633683

ISBN-13: 9781316633687

within the worldwide global of the twenty-first century, martial arts are practised for self-defense and carrying reasons purely. besides the fact that, for millions of years, they have been a principal function of army perform in China and crucial for the graceful functioning of society. This e-book, which opens with an fascinating account of the first actual girl martial artist, charts the heritage of wrestle and struggling with options in China from the Bronze Age to the current. This wide landscape presents attention-grabbing glimpses into the transformation of martial abilities, options and weaponry opposed to the historical past of chinese language historical past, the increase and fall of empires, their governments and their armies. Quotations from literature and poetry, and the tales of person warriors, infuse the narrative, providing own reflections on prowess within the battlefield and methods of engagement. this can be an attractive and readable creation to the actual heritage of chinese language martial arts.

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