Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China's First Great Victory over the West

Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China's First Great Victory over the West

by Tonio Andrade
     
 

"Based on impressive readings in Chinese and Dutch sources, Lost Colony examines fascinating interpretive issues on the changing nature of military power in various parts of the early modern world. Strong and important, this book tells a good story."--John E. Wills, Jr., author of 1688: A Global History

"This engaging and detailed book seeks

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"Based on impressive readings in Chinese and Dutch sources, Lost Colony examines fascinating interpretive issues on the changing nature of military power in various parts of the early modern world. Strong and important, this book tells a good story."--John E. Wills, Jr., author of 1688: A Global History

"This engaging and detailed book seeks middle ground in a longstanding debate regarding the alleged exceptionalism of European warfare. Examining a key conflict between Asian and European forces, Andrade opens a window on the Dutch colonial endeavor in Asia and its often symbiotic relationship with Chinese southern ventures, explaining how, with grit and luck, the Chinese gained Taiwan by successfully adapting and counteracting the military techniques of their opponents."--Michael Laffan, Princeton University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691144559
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/20/2011
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.31(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix Dramatis Personae xi Preamble An Execution 3

ONE Destinies Entwined 21
Pirate War 34
War Is the Art of Deception 45
The Wrath of Heaven 54
The Samurai 60
The General 68
The Sea King 82
Heaven Has Not Tired of Chaos on Earth 99

TWO An Extreme and Terrifying Storm 111
A Foggy Morning 117
Koxinga's Victories 124
Parleys and Capitulations 137
The Castle 152
An Assault 165
A Summer of Misery 181
Relief from the Sea 194

THREE The Fleet 207
A Foolish Attack 218
The Defectors 227
Koxinga Closes In 239
The Accidental Embassy 250
Acrimony 269
The Last Battle 278
Surrender 290
A Mad Death 298

CLOSING Epilogues and Conclusions 307
Acknowledgments 331
Notes 335
References 399
Index 423

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