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By Lo Jung-pang, Bruce A. Elleman

"Lo Jung-pang (1912-81) used to be a popular professor of chinese language historical past on the college of California at Davis. In 1957 he accomplished a 600-page typed manuscript entitled China as a Sea energy, 1127-1368, yet he died with out arranging for the booklet to be released. Bruce Elleman came across the manuscript within the UC Davis data in 2004, and with the help of Dr Lo's kin ready an edited model of the manuscript for

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The shape is like a hawk. There are floating boards attached to the port and the starboard sides of the ship, shaped like wings of the hawk. 32 While new types of anchors, new sail materials and new rigging styles marked the ships of the Song period, perhaps most important for the naval role of these vessels was the new armaments they carried. New types of steel, possibly Damascus steel, were introduced, new crossbows were developed, and new forms of armour created, but the key element was the development of pyrotechnics and subsequently firearms.

Became the strongest state in eastern China. , he moved his capital from K’uai-chi 會嵇 in Zhejiang23 to Lang-ya 琅琊 in Shandong. For 89 years, Langya remained the capital of the thalassic state of Yue, whose territory extended along the coast of China from Shandong to Fujian. Both Langya and the former Yue capital of Kuaiji remained as the major seaports of China for more than five centuries. The strength of Wu and Yue lay mainly in their possession of naval power. 24 But reliance upon naval power alone also imposed limitations, and the men of Wu and Yue were unable to extend their military sway into the plains and mountains of North China.

7 For more on the Song road system, see Su Jiland, Overland Communication Routes from Yanping to Zhejiang and Jiangxi in Song Times (Singapore: National University of Singapore, Department of Chinese Studies, 1989). 8 Ouyang Xiu and Song Qi, Xin Tang Shu (1043–60) (China: Zhejiang Printing Office, 1876), ch. 43-B, p. 20. 9 For a list of legendary, semi-legendary, and historical figures attributed with the invention of the boat, see Chen Yuanlong, Gezhi Jingyuan (1735), ch. 28, p. 1. There can be no denying that the Chinese have long known about boats.

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