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A Brief History of the Martial Arts

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JONATHAN CLEMENTS is the author of many books on China and Japan, including A Brief History of the Samurai, An Armchair Traveller's History of the Silk Road, Christ's Samurai: The True Story of the Shimabara Rebellion, profiles of Khubilai Khan and Chairman Mao, The Art of War: A New Translation, and both Modern China and Modern Japan in the All That Matters series. His biographies of the First Emperor of China and Empress Wu have both been translated into Chinese, and his Anime: A History was a 2014 CHOICE selection as one of the year's outstanding academic titles. In 2016, he was the presenter of Route Awakening, National Geographic Asia's TV serial on the historical underpinnings of Chinese culture.


A detailed study of the interaction between folklore, nationalism, religion and politics in the east Asian martial arts . . . refreshingly frank. * NEO magazine * [Clements'] final conclusions surprise . . . leaving the reader satisfied as well as educated. -- Hugh David * MyM magazine * I defy anyone to come away from this book without a deeper knowledge of all martial arts. * http://blog.alltheanime.com/books-a-brief-history-of-the-martial-arts/ *

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