04 April 2010

Chinese Warfare VII

Given the amount of material on samurai warfare out there in English, I would really like to see more volumes on warfare in China, and please, not another volume on the Mongols! Enough! Five thousands years of military history and every other book on warfare in China in English are about Mongols! What about studies on the conduct of warfare during the Warring States era? What about the scholarly reconstructions of campaigns and battles of the Three Kingdoms era? A book on the Manchu banner armies?

I would like to see detailed reconstructions of well-known Chinese battles. The study of these reconstructions should include order of battle, logistics, casualty figures, leadership, battle plans, equipment (arms and armour), and more. Good illustrated volumes would be greatly welcome.

I would also like to see significant military campaigns of that era studied through rigourous lenses which should include grand strategy, operational planning, geopolitical realities, and more.

I would also like to see studies tracing the development of Chinese arms and armour.

Lastly, I really wish that Western scholars would abandon the Giles-Wade and adopt the pinyin system. I find that the Giles-Wade system does make for very confusing reading. If not, at least provide both transliterations, side by side and not in a glossary.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You would not find earlier Chinese Warfare written as that would be too culturally complicated for the simple Westerners to understand fully the Tao of Chinese Warfare.

Mongols is easier and bloodier as they just slaughtered their way through history. To judge their success look at their descendants now. Bear in mind Mongols even conquered/reached present day Bulgaria and many of their descendants still live in Russia, Persia, Turkey, Central Asia ... but how successful?