East Asia Before The West

    East Asia Before The West

    Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute

    David C Kang

    Columbia University Press 2012

    Hardback 237pp

    9780231153188   Product Code: 22111

    Challenging Eurocentric theories of international relations, Kang analyses how the East Asian system functioned from the founding of the Ming dynasty in 1368 to the start of the Opium Wars in 1841, a period which saw only two large-scale conflicts between China and its neighbours. After explaining how the 'tribute system' fostered diplomatic and commercial exchange, he ends by considering the contribution of the region's formal hierarchy to the increasing stability and integration of the modern East Asian world.

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