Fubing System (Fǔbīng 府兵)|Fǔbīng 府兵 (Fubing System)
Jennifer W. JAY
Fubing 府兵 was the primary military institution that evolved during the Western Wei dynasty (535–556 CE) and developed and declined from the 540s to the 740s. The dismantlement of the fubing system in the 740s effectively decentralized the military and provided opportunities for career militarists to challenge and undermine the authority of the central government.
Fubing, translated as “territorial soldiery,” “garrison militia,” “soldiers of the headquarters,” “farmer-soldiers,” and “soldier-cultivators,” was the primary military institution that