RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 52301446 LA English T1 Martial arts in the modern world A1 Green, Thomas A.,, Svinth, Joseph R., PB Praeger PP Westport, Conn. YR 2003 SN 0275981533 9780275981532 AB "In a series of chapters devoted to Asian, African, and European systems of the late 19th to early 21st centuries, the authors examine the forces and philosophies that shaped fighting arts in diverse cultural settings. Because of political, social, and economic factors, this period witnessed the spread of martial arts to areas outside of their original contexts. Some of these arts flourished in their new environments but others did not. The authors demonstrate the martial arts are not the conservative strongholds of tradition posited by conventional wisdom, but are instead responsive and mutable barometers of change. This book is essential for students of multicultural dialogues and devotees of martial arts performance and practice."--BOOK JACKET.