Volume V Part 6 is the first of the three parts of Science and Civilisation in China which deal with the art of war in ancient and medieval China. Four sections follow the introduction: on the simple bow; on the cross-bow, standard weapon of the Han armies; and on pre-gunpowder artillery, including the invention of the trebuchet.
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