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Using both general questions and some case-studies, this seminar introduces students to some aspects of the ways in which different state systems and social formations in the medieval Eurasian world, from western Europe to China and Japan - have managed their resources in respect of warfare, different organizational practices, and attitudes to violence, fighting and armed conflict. The role and status of the individual fighting man or soldier, the technologies of warfare and their application, and questions of morale and identity are also examined.