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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691144559

ISBN-13: 9780691144559

Pub. Date: 10/20/2011

Publisher: Princeton University Press

During the seventeenth century, Holland created the world's most dynamic colonial empire, outcompeting the British and capturing Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Yet, in the Sino-Dutch War--Europe's first war with China--the Dutch met their match in a colorful Chinese warlord named Koxinga. Part samurai, part pirate, he led his generals to victory over the Dutch

Overview

During the seventeenth century, Holland created the world's most dynamic colonial empire, outcompeting the British and capturing Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Yet, in the Sino-Dutch War--Europe's first war with China--the Dutch met their match in a colorful Chinese warlord named Koxinga. Part samurai, part pirate, he led his generals to victory over the Dutch and captured one of their largest and richest colonies--Taiwan. How did he do it? Examining the strengths and weaknesses of European and Chinese military techniques during the period, Lost Colony provides a balanced new perspective on long-held assumptions about Western power, Chinese might, and the nature of war.

It has traditionally been asserted that Europeans of the era possessed more advanced science, technology, and political structures than their Eastern counterparts, but historians have recently contested this view, arguing that many parts of Asia developed on pace with Europe until 1800. While Lost Colony shows that the Dutch did indeed possess a technological edge thanks to the Renaissance fort and the broadside sailing ship, that edge was neutralized by the formidable Chinese military leadership. Thanks to a rich heritage of ancient war wisdom, Koxinga and his generals outfoxed the Dutch at every turn.

Exploring a period when the military balance between Europe and China was closer than at any other point in modern history, Lost Colony reassesses an important chapter in world history and offers valuable and surprising lessons for contemporary times.

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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