China, East Asia and the Global Economy: Regional and Historical Perspectives

China, East Asia and the Global Economy: Regional and Historical Perspectives


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Takeshi Hamashita, arguably Asia's premier historian of the longue durée, has been instrumental in opening a new field of inquiry in Chinese, East Asian and world historical research. Engaging modernization, Marxist and world system approaches, his wide-ranging redefinition of the evolving relationships between the East Asia regional system and the world economy from the sixteenth century to the present has sent ripples throughout Asian and international scholarship.

This book presents a selection of essays from Takeshi Hamashita's oeuvre on Asian political economy and geopolitics to introduce this important historian's work to the English speaking reader. It examines the many critical issues surrounding China and East Asia's incorporation into the world economy, including:

Maritime perspectives on China, Asia and the World economy

Intra-Asian tribute and trade

Chinese state finance and the tributary trade system

Banking currency and finance

Maritime customs and Imperialism.

Economic History East Asian History Chinese History

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415464581
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Series: Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Takeshi Hamashita is Professor in the Faculty of International Communications at Ryukoku University, Japan and Professor in the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at Sun Yat-sen University, China.

Mark Selden is Research Fellow on the East Asia Program at Cornell University, USA and Coordinator of the Asia Pacific e-journal Japan Focus.

Linda Grove is Professor of History in the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, Japan.

Table of Contents

List of figures x

List of tables xi

1 Editors' introduction: new perspectives on China, East Asia, and the global economy 1

2 The tribute trade system and modern Asia 12

3 Despotism and decentralization in Chinese governance: taxation, tribute, and emigration 27

4 Silver in regional economies and the world economy: East Asia in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries 39

5 The Ryukyu maritime network from the fourteenth to eighteenth centuries: China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia 57

6 Maritime Asia and treaty port networks in the Era of Negotiation: tribute and treaties, 1800-1900 85

7 Foreign trade finance in China: silver, opium, and world market incorporation, 1820s to 1850s 114

8 China and Hong Kong in the British Empire in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries 145

9 Overseas Chinese financial networks: Korea, China, and Japan in the late nineteenth century 167

Notes 179

Index 201

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