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Department of History

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phone: 615-322-3707
218 Benson Hall

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summer, no office hours


PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1996

Peter Lorge

Assistant Professor History
Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

Peter Lorge is a historian of 10th and 11th century Chinese, with particular interest in Chinese military, political and social history. He is author of Chinese Martial Arts: From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press, 2012), The Asian Military Revolution: From Gunpowder to the Bomb (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and War, Politics and Society in Early Modern China (Routledge, 2005), which described the development of the Chinese empire in response to the demands of war and internal control. Lorge is editor of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (The Chinese University Press, 2011). He also edited Warfare in China to 1600 (Ashgate, 2005) in The International Library of Essays on Military History series. In 2007, he established a new book series with Routledge, Asian States and Empires, five of these books have been published. He is currently editing a collected work called Debating War in Chinese History for Brill.

Peter Lorge is one of the founders, and former executive board members, of the Chinese Military History Society. He won the Harriet S. Gilliam Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004, and has appeared on CNN to discuss Chinese military affairs. In 2007, he attended The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies workshop on teaching National Security at Basin Harbor.