Military Transition in Early Modern Asia, 1400-1750: Cavalry, Guns, Government and Ships

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A&C Black, May 22, 2014 - History - 288 pages
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A substantial amount of work has been carried out to explore the military systems of Western Europe during the early modern era, but the military trajectories of the Asian states have received relatively little attention. This study provides the first comparative study of the major Asian empires' military systems and explores the extent of the impact of West European military transition on the extra-European world.

Kaushik Roy conducts a comparative analysis of the armies and navies of the large agrarian bureaucratic empires of Asia, focusing on the question of how far the Asian polities were able to integrate gunpowder weapons in their military systems. Military Transition in Early Modern Asia, 1400-1750 offers important insights into the common patterns in war making across the region, and the impact of firearms and artillery.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Culture of Warfare in Asia before 1500
11
15001750
43
3 Siege Warfare and Siege Artillery in Asia
89
4 Naval Warfare by the Asian States
127
5 Military Systems and Societies of Asia
161
Conclusion
197
Glossary
202
Notes
205
Bibliography
250
Index
272
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Kaushik Roy is Guru Nanak Professor in History at Jadavpur University, India and Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway.

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