tetsui_no_tate (tetsui_no_tate) wrote in little_details,

Ancient Chinese Armies &Etc.

Some general questions on Chinese armies of the Warring States period... oh heck, any medieval period will do, I'm not picky.

First off, and most important, what ranks are there in the army? Non-coms, officer ranks, and so on. Would any of them be cut out of the command structure if it was a relatively small army, 12 000 - 13 000 men? (Or I guess that wouldn't *be* such a small army, for the period!)

Second, I guess rice would play a big part in the diet, but are there any other traditional Chinese foods that are easy to store and transport while on the march? For that matter, if anyone could mention some old-fashioned Chinese foods or drinks whatsoever, I'd be grateful for that.

And third, what were the Chinese armies traditionally like in terms of discipline? The only period I've studied in any detail is the 18th-19th century, in which European armies all had HORRIFIC discipline codes, flogging and mutilation for the tiniest thing... is this just a reflection of the law codes of the same period, or is it something that's been common to armies everywhere and -when?
Tags: china: history

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