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East Asia before the West : five centuries of trade and tribute

Author: David C Kang
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010.
Series: Contemporary Asia in the world.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the founding of the Ming dynasty in 1368 to the start of the Opium Wars in 1841, China has engaged in only two large-scale conflicts with its principal neighbors: Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. These four territorial and centralized states have otherwise fostered peaceful and long-lasting relationships with one another, and as each has grown more powerful, the atmosphere around them has stabilized. Focusing on the  Read more...
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History
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Kang, David C. (David Chan-oong), 1965-
East Asia before the West.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2010008583
(OCoLC)562768984
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David C Kang
ISBN: 9780231526746 0231526741
OCLC Number: 682881794
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 221 pages) : illustrations, maps.
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.

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From the founding of the Ming dynasty in 1368 to the start of the Opium Wars in 1841, China has engaged in only two large-scale conflicts with its principal neighbors: Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. These four territorial and centralized states have otherwise fostered peaceful and long-lasting relationships with one another, and as each has grown more powerful, the atmosphere around them has stabilized. 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 examp.

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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. Read more...

 
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