Lecture 6 Why No Military Revolution in China?!
sources of military innovation
armies as temples of ancestor worship!
heavy institutional inertia: military a fundamentally conservative institution, tendency to ght the war of yesterday
instead of that of t
Lecture 4: Chinese Strategic Culture!
consistent persistent patterns of state strategic preferences inuenced by culture and history!
i.e. state develop strategic attitude based on collective historical experience!
states possess unique s
Axial Age: philosophical schools arise as reaction to war -> create foundation of CN military thought!
enduring strategic dilemmas during the high imperial period!
military revolution as reaction to gunpowder weaponization did not occur to CN!
Lecture 5 The Medieval Era: Enduring Problems!
Inner Asian Nomadic Threat
shaped Chinese security vision for 2500 years!
steppe regions inhabited by various nomadic Inner-Asian tribe (no written language, no historical record except in
Axial Age in CN history: !
political development lead to unication!
new ideas/schools of though form the intellectual foundation that endure!
rst 250 yrs of !
written in early 4th BC!
system collapse: no l
the rise of
war for honour gradually eclipsed and war became 0 sum game, 148 states in Easter Zhou > a dozen by 3rd C BC!
armies get bigger, longer, bloodier, logistical and tactical challenge!
> rulers cannot entrust troops to amateurs!
Lecture 7: Qing v.s. West!
first encounters with the New West
18th C Portuguese Dutch and English established basis in Asia that support not only commercial but military
operations: colonization of India, Singapore, etc!
CN oblivious to the implication
Lecture 8: Between Tradition and Modernity China
gets its Wu back!
1st Western approach to CN driven by BR: trade and diplomatic representation > becomes status quo power after
Treaty of Tianjin!
2nd round of imperialist aggression in