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Han-dynasty era river warfare. Circa 100 AD. There was little need for sea warfare in China given the convex shape of the land. River warfare dominated as illustrated by these unusual flat-bottomed boats. Fire boats are shown in the upper left. Carrying burning wood, they were set adrift in the direction of the enemy's vessels.

Han-dynasty era river warfare. Circa 100 AD. There was little need for sea warfare in China given the convex shape of the land. River warfare dominated as illustrated by these unusual flat-bottomed boats. Fire boats are shown in the upper left. Carrying burning wood, they were set adrift in the direction of the enemy's vessels.

Hideyoshi in command, Yamazaki 1582 - La Pintura y la Guerra. Sursumkorda in memoriam.

Hideyoshi in command, Yamazaki 1582 - La Pintura y la Guerra. Sursumkorda in memoriam.

The Gempei Wars 1180-85 by Stephen Turnbull. Artist Giuseppe Rava perfectly captures this desperate scene, showing Kajiwara Kagesue with his back against the wall on the beach at Ichinotani in 1184.

The Gempei Wars 1180-85 by Stephen Turnbull. Artist Giuseppe Rava perfectly captures this desperate scene, showing Kajiwara Kagesue with his back against the wall on the beach at Ichinotani in 1184.

Onna-bugeisha was a female warrior belonging to the Japanese nobility. Many women engaged in battle, commonly alongside Samurai men. They were members of the Bushi (Samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honour in times of war.

Onna-Bugeisha: Female Samurai Warriors of Feudal Japan, 1800s

Onna-bugeisha was a female warrior belonging to the Japanese nobility. Many women engaged in battle, commonly alongside Samurai men. They were members of the Bushi (Samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honour in times of war.

For centuries, the fragmented city-states of Khitai bickered like crows picking at a corpse, each maintaining that it represented the fallen Khari empire. Periodically, a powerful ruler rose and united some of the city-states, and the long-imagined Middle Kingdom was (temporarily) established. But the huge distances involved in governing such a kingdom, combined with the demand for independence which burst forth at the time of the original slave-revolt, always brought these empires to…

For centuries, the fragmented city-states of Khitai bickered like crows picking at a corpse, each maintaining that it represented the fallen Khari empire. Periodically, a powerful ruler rose and united some of the city-states, and the long-imagined Middle Kingdom was (temporarily) established. But the huge distances involved in governing such a kingdom, combined with the demand for independence which burst forth at the time of the original slave-revolt, always brought these empires to…

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