China on the Sea: How the Maritime World Shaped Modern China
Generations of Chinese scholars have made China synonymous with the Great Wall and presented its civilization as fundamentally land-bound. This volume challenges this perspective, demonstrating that China was not a Walled Kingdom , certainly not since the Yongjia Disturbance in 311. China reached out to the maritime world far more actively than historians have acknowledged, while the seas and what came from the seas from Islam, fragrances and Jesuits to maize, opium and clocks significantly changed the course of history, and have been of inestimable importance to China since the Ming. This book integrates the maritime history of China,especially the Qing period, a subject which has hitherto languished on the periphery of scholarly analysis, into the mainstream of current historical narrative. It was the seas that made Tang China a Cosmopolitan Empire (Mark Lewis), the Song dynasty China s Greatest Age (John Fairbank), China at 1600 the largest and most sophisticated of all unified realms on earth (Jonathan Spence), and the reign of the three Qing emperors (Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong) China s last golden age (Charles Hucker).
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Chapter One Facing the Seas
Chapter Two The Inconsistency of the Seas
Chapter Three Feeding China
Chapter Four Cette Merveilleuse Machine
Chapter Five Les Palais Européens
Chapter Six Wind of the West
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