A Short History of China and Southeast Asia: Tribute, Trade and Influence

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This informative but concise history of China and Southeast Asia is perfect for travelers, students, teachers, and businesspeople. Portable and attractively designed, it includes color illustrations, maps, and a brief history of the region. Explored are relations between China and Southeast Asia across two millennia; patterns of diplomacy, commercial networks, and migration; and how these have varied over time. With a focus on modern history, this is a fascinating account of imperial ambition, internal collapse ...
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This informative but concise history of China and Southeast Asia is perfect for travelers, students, teachers, and businesspeople. Portable and attractively designed, it includes color illustrations, maps, and a brief history of the region. Explored are relations between China and Southeast Asia across two millennia; patterns of diplomacy, commercial networks, and migration; and how these have varied over time. With a focus on modern history, this is a fascinating account of imperial ambition, internal collapse and revival, cultural and commercial endeavors, and war and revolution. Important insight into the complicated history of the fastest-growing region in the world is offered.
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“I cannot welcome this series warmly enough. It is sure to be a winner—and much needed.”  —Bill Bryson, author, In a Sunburned Country and A Walk in the Woods

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People should want to know more about China with each passing year, as it increasingly takes its place as a diplomatic, military and economic powerhouse in world affairs. Australian historian Stuart-Fox has put together a concise, thoughtful and well-grounded history to help increase our knowledge. The language in the book isn't simple, but the writing is clear and it is well organized. Stuart-Fox moves through each chapter in about 25 pages, with four or five subsections in each chapter. There are good scholarly notes at the end, a suggested reading list, and a very good index. Four full-color pages of photos in the middle seem odd: they're nice, but not really enough to justify a separate section. The author isn't afraid to state opinions, but he's not reckless about them either. Prospective users of the book will either find the complete integration of Chinese and Southeast Asian material particularly useful or potentially bothersome. We can see why Australians might be used to looking at the area as a whole, but Americans usually don't see the two histories interwoven in this way. KLIATT Codes: A—Recommended for advanced students and adults. 2003, Allen & Unwin, dist. by Independent Publishers Group, 278p. illus. notes. bibliog. index., Ages 17 to adult.
—Daniel Levinson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781864489545
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: A Short History of Asia series
  • Pages: 292
  • Lexile: 1380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Martin Stuart-Fox is a professor of history at the University of Queensland and an expert in Southeast Asian history and politics. He is the author of The Murderous Revolution: Life and Death in Pol Pot's Kampuchea, Laos: Politics, Economics and Society, and A History of Laos.
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Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 The Chinese view of the world 9
The Confucian worldview 11
The Chinese Way of War 14
Empire and world order: Qin and Han 17
3 Early relations 23
Early Southeast Asia 26
Expansion of contacts: trade and religion 36
The special case of Vietnam 43
Southeast Asia and the Song 47
4 Mongol expansionism 52
Mongol conquests 53
The projection of Mongol power 59
Implications for Southeast Asia 66
Changing worldviews 69
5 Sea power, tribute and trade 73
The tributary system 75
Ming expansionism 78
The Ming voyages 82
Later Ming-Southeast Asia relations 89
6 Enter the Europeans 95
Tribute and trade 96
China, Southeast Asia, the Portuguese, and the Dutch 99
The Qing 105
Challenges to the Chinese world order 115
The late Qing and overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia 122
7 The changing world order 128
Nationalism and politics among the overseas Chinese 130
Sino-Thai relations 138
The Second World War and its aftermath 142
8 Communism and the Cold War 150
The Chinese Marxist-Leninist worldview 151
Early PRC-Southeast Asia relations 158
The First Indochina War 164
The 'Bandung spirit' 169
Complications and setbacks 176
The Second Indochina War 180
Developing bilateral relations regimes 186
9 Fresh beginnings 193
Shifting relations in continental Southeast Asia 195
The Cambodian problem 203
The economic imperative 209
From ASEAN six to ASEAN ten 212
The South China Sea 216
Patterns of interaction 221
10 Future directions 224
China: strategic goals and international relations culture 226
Three scenarios 231
China and ASEAN 240
Notes 246
Suggested reading 258
Index 265
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