In 1271, Kubilai, ruler of the Mongol Empire, proclaimed himself
the first Emperor of the Yüan dynasty. Within a few years he was to
gain control of the rest of China, in effect giving China unity and
independence under an alien dynasty. His reign endured until 1368,
when the native Ming dynasty came to power. Focusing on these two
regimes, this text explores the history, organization and tactics
of the Yüan and Ming armies from 1260-1520. Numerous... more...