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

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Allen & Unwin, 2003 - History - 278 pages
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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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The Chinese view of the world
Early relations
Mongol expansionism
Sea power tribute and trade
Enter the Europeans
The changing world order
Communism and the Cold War
Fresh beginnings
Future directions
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About the author (2003)

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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