War and Conflict

Malcolm Mintz

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Discussed in this chapter are the terms for war and conflict used at the turn of the sixteenth century and the insight this gives into the nature of society at the time. Included is a discussion of weapon types, varieties of battle dress, techniques of tracking, spying and keeping guard, types of combat and strategies for doing battle on both sea and land, customs of taking and ransoming captives as well as tribute relationships. Where relevant, mention is made of any semantic change which has occurred when comparison is made with modern usage.
Examined first are the weapons in common use at the time. These include firearms, pointed weapons such as spears, lances and harpoons, bladed weapons such as knives, swords and bolos or machetes, and bows and arrows. Also included are terms referring to the care of weapons and those which describe people carrying such weapons. Next is an examination of protective clothing and terms for wounding and dying. A section is set aside to look at piracy and general attacks by sea. This is followed by a look at terms for defensive and offensive operations and an examination of terms for taking and ransoming captives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific:
Subtitle of host publicationMonograph 1: The Philippines at the Turn of the Sixteenth Century: with particular reference to the Bikol region.
EditorsCarolyn Brewer
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherThe Australian National University
ISBN (Electronic)9780646568195
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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