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When the emperor felt secure enough, he began gradually to replace the other kings with his own relatives; eventually, in subsequent reigns, the kingdoms were absorbed piecemeal into the structure of the empire. This was not achieved without bloodshed: as late as 154 BC the king of Wu led a major revolt in the south-east in protest at curbs on his independence. Kao-ti himself died from an arrow wound received in battle against Ch'ing Pu, the king of Huai-nan, in 195 BC. At first, however, the most serious military threat to the Han was posed by the recently formed rival empire of the Hsiung-nu.

1m) long, and we are told that King ANCIENT CHINESE A R M I E S 1 5 0 0 - 2 0 0 BC Cheng had difficulty fighting off an assassination attempt in 227 BC because the length of his sword made it difficult to draw. The pottery army has certain limitations as a source for the Ch'in: the weapons were taken by rebels soon after the burial, and the lack of shields may be attributable to the same cause. Alternatively, it is possible that shields were not carried when on guard duty, as opposed to in battle, although some figures appear to have been carrying something in each hand, perhaps a weapon and a shield.

According to the Sun Tzu, the first requirement for a campaign is a mathematical calculation of the respective strengths of the combatants, with of the 'suicide warriors' weighting where appropriate for factors such as the ability of commanders and employed in 518. Behind the social cohesion of states. If it was decided to embark on war, it was essential them is a shaman whose role was to inspire the to carry the fighting into enemy territory. This had three advantages: it enabled army. (Angus McBride troops to live off the land without antagonizing one's own people, it disrupted © Osprey Publishing) the enemy's mobilization plans, and it reduced desertion by one's own men, 46 ANCIENT CHINESE ARMIES 1500-200 BC 47 SOLDIERS OF THE Figure of a crossbowman from the terracotta army of the First Emperor of Ch'in.

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