Martial Arts of the World comprises 120 entries in two volumes. The first volume is organized geographically to explore the historic development of martial arts styles in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The second volume looks at martial arts thematically, with coverage of belief systems, modern martial arts competitions, and a wide range of such topics as folklore, women in martial arts, martial arts and the military, and martial arts and the media.
Thomas A. Green is associate professor of anthropology at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
Joseph R. Svinth is an editor for the Electronic Journals of Martial Arts and Sciences (http://ejmas.com).
In a series of chapters devoted to Asian, African, and European systems of the late 19th to early 21st centuries, the authors examine the forces and philosophies that shaped fighting arts in diverse cultural settings. Because of political, social, and economic factors, this period witnessed the spread of martial arts to areas outside of their original contexts. Some of these arts flourished in their new environments, but others did not. The authors demonstrate that martial arts are not the conservative strongholds of tradition posited by conventional wisdom, but are instead responsive and mutable barometers of change. This book is essential for students of multicultural dialogues and devotees of martial arts performance and practice.
* Nearly 100 A-Z signed entries, each followed by a bibliography
* Contributions from experts who are both scholars and practitioners of the martial arts
* Entries on fighting systems from around the world--their history, training methods, weapons, and much more
* A rich suite of illustrations including archival and contemporary photographs, drawings, and prints
* A detailed timeline of the development of the martial arts worldwide from 30,000 B.C. to the end of the 20th century