Séminaire de l’IAO : Ulrich Theobald
Ulrich Theobald (Ph.D. 2009) is a senior lecturer at the Department for Chinese and Korean Studies of the University of Tübingen, Germany. He is specializing in the economic, military, monetary and administrative history of late imperial China, and author of « War Finance and Logistics in Late Imperial China : A Study of the Second Jinchuan Campaign (Brill 2013) ».
Résumé : Ulrich Theobald will analyze the tactics and technology of alpine warfare in the mid- and late eighteenth century in China, during the conquest of the eastern parts of Tibet. The report deals mainly with the problems researchers are confronted with when studying contemporary sources. This relates to descriptions of local situations, tactical movements and methods to conquer fortified houses and monasteries, and the problems described in bringing in and applying artillery. Apart from narrative descriptions, administrative sources and illustrations can be used as historiographical sources. The speaker will show ways how to deal with technical vocabulary not available in dictionaries.