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This absorbing new history explores the epic struggle between the most powerful empires of the medieval world: the Mongols and the mighty Chinese Jin, Song and Ming dynasties.
The resistance of the Chinese dynasties to the Khans is a complex and rich saga of shifting alliances and political scheming, vast armies and navies, bloody battles and an astonishing technological revolution. Defending Heaven brings together, for the first time in one volume, a complete history of China's Mongol Wars in all their ferocious and fascinating detail. Setting the conflict in the wider context of China's ancient and almost perpetual conflict with the northern nomads, it sheds intriguing new light on the evolution of China's military society and the management, command and control of the army by the Chinese state.
Combining powerful and accessible narrative with illuminating judgements, this book complements James Waterson's earlier works which cover the Islamic world's conflict with the Mongol superpower. It places the war in China within a truly international setting and demonstrates the vital importance of the long confrontation between the Khans and Emperors for medieval and early modern Eurasian history.
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