KFP 165 – Theater of Combat Pt 1

Tip of the Spear Episode

This evaluates a heated debate in Chinese Martial Studies, among scholars, political scientists, ethnographic researchers, anthropologists, and historians. Starting with the Introduction of a book that legitimizes and changes the conversations of scholars of the field.

In this Episode:

Agent of Action : Professor Ben Judkins Professor Joseph Esherick Author : The Origins of the Boxer Uprising https://amzn.to/2OU6xd2

“The Boxers have been the subject of considerable misunderstanding by their contemporaries and subsequent scholars… The author (Esherick) argues persuasively that the Boxer were loyalist, not rebels.. ”

Douglas Wile : Lost Tai Chi Classics of Late Qing Dynasty https://amzn.to/2S6BrB4

Tang Hao

Introducing Charles Holcombe – Theater of Combat : A Critical Look at the Chinese Martial Arts.

Next Episode

What Does Holcombe’s Aim To Do in his work? Why Does his engage so many scholars? Why does his work eventually fall flat on its face?

Joseph Needhame

Professor Stanley Hennings

What are the reasons to assume that popular religion and martial arts would be associated with large rebellions?

*****What are the real driving factors between peasant rebellions, popular religion and organinized martial art societies?*****

Also : Professor Peter Lorge and why his absence of certain information, demonstrate the reality of information.


Theater of Combat Quiz


#1. The Boxer Rebellion was ______

#2. A good description of the Boxers would be ____

#3. Joseph Esherick’s Work, ‘The Origins of the Boxer Uprising’ in 1987, _____

1 and 3, plus Esherick  demonstrated that to understand the Rebels,  you needed to take into account society and culture of the Shandong Province in the late 19th Century.

#4. Douglas Wile, as Tang Hao did in 1920’s, presents a scholastic argument that Tai Ji was _____


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