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East Asia Before the West

Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute

East Asia Before the West( )
Author: Kang, David C.
Series title:Contemporary Asia in the World Ser.
ISBN:978-0-231-52674-6
Publication Date:Oct 2010
Publisher:Columbia University Press
Book Format:Ebook
List Price:USD $27.99
Book Description:

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 they have grown more powerful, the atmosphere around them has stabilized.

Focusing on the role of the "tribute system" in maintaining stability in...
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