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|All Authors / Contributors:||
David C Kang
|ISBN:||9780231153188 023115318X 9780231526746 0231526741|
|Description:||xiv, 221 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||The puzzle : war and peace in East Asian history --
Ideas : hierarchy, status, and hegemony --
States : the Confucian society --
Diplomacy : the tribute system --
War : the longer peace --
Trade : international economic relations --
Frontiers : nomads and islands --
Lessons : history forward and backward.
|Series Title:||Contemporary Asia in the world.|
|Responsibility:||David C. Kang.|
Focusing on the role of the "tribute system" in maintaining stability in East Asia and in fostering diplomatic and commercial exchange, Kang contrasts this history against the example of Europe and the East Asian states' skirmishes with nomadic peoples to the north and west. Although China has been the unquestioned hegemon in the region, with other political units always considered secondary, the tributary order entailed military, cultural, and economic dimensions that afforded its participants immense latitude. Europe's "Westphalian" system, on the other hand, was based on formal equality among states and balance-of-power politics, resulting in incessant interstate conflict.
Scholars tend to view Europe's experience as universal, but Kang upends this tradition, emphasizing East Asia's formal hierarchy as an international system with its own history and character. This approach not only recasts our understanding of East Asian relations but also defines a model that applies to other hegemonies outside the European order."--pub. desc.
By researching the full range of China's relationships, including Southeast Asia, Korea, and Japan, as well as nomadic troubles, David C. Kang balances the perspective of the whole regional picture.
- East Asia -- Commerce -- History.
- East Asia -- Foreign relations.
- East Asia -- Politics and government.
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