The turbulent history of China has seen many dynastic struggles over the centuries, ever since the semi-nomadic tribes of ancient China were unified under the first emperor, Cheng. From the Great Wall to the terracotta army at Xian, monuments to China's many wars, and the men who fought them, litter the landscape. This book tells the incredible story of China's armies form the first documented civilization over 3,000 years ago to the outbreak of the first Opium War with Britain in the middle of the 19th century. Written by an acknowledged expert on Chinese armies, this volume offers details of their colourful uniforms and fascinating weaponry with colour and black and white photographs, artwork, maps and diagrams.
"Throughout...there are outstanding illustrations, photos of extant equipment, artwork on various objects...and a superb selection of mans and charts... As a student of history, I found it to be an excellent reference and it is one that I know you will find equally as enjoyable." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com