The social context for the Dadao

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The social context for the Dadao

Postby Thearos » 29 Jun 2014 09:46

After reading a post by Mr Admin, I've been browsing this blog on Chinese martial arts, written by this historian or political scientist in the states, and the articles are really excellent. I recommend this one ... al-arts-2/

on the social context for martial arts in C20th China, and specifically about the "invention" of the chinese broadsword in the C20th. It's actually very thought-provoking for those who are interested in longsword or backsword, etc-- and specifically the place of martial arts / fighting arts between civilian society, the military, the state, and specialist purveyors of these arts.
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Re: The social context for the Dadao

Postby MEversbergII » 29 Jun 2014 18:45

Indeed; quite the fine piece of work on the dadao. I pieced through the manual created for the military before I'd read that article there, and have been wanting to give it a go since.

When I was a fighting-man, the kettle-drums they beat,
The people scattered gold-dust before my horses feet;
But now I am a great king, the people hound my track
With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back.

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