Chinese Martial Arts: From Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century, by Peter Lorge. This fascinating survey of martial arts in Chinese society describes how CMA derived primarily from military skills associated with armed and unarmed combat. Lorge, a founder of the Chinese Military History Society, traces developments from the Shang and Zhou periods to the present. In different time periods the focus of martial arts has included convoy security, wrestling, performance art and entertainment, and, in modern times, a marketable commodity influenced by legends and popular films.
Chinese Martial Arts: From Antiquity to the Twenty-First CenturyJoseph Spagnuolo