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by David Kang

  • ISBN: 023115318X
  • Category: Other
  • Author: David Kang
  • Subcategory: Humanities
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; 1st edition edition (October 14, 2010)
  • Pages: 240 pages
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  • Rating: 4.7
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David C. Kang has written a concise, well-judged, and most useful analysis of the historical East Asian international system . Finally, more attention could have been given to the states of Southeast Asia, their role in the East Asian system, and the nature of those states

David C. Kang has written a concise, well-judged, and most useful analysis of the historical East Asian international system and its three principles of hierarchy, status, and hegemony. Finally, more attention could have been given to the states of Southeast Asia, their role in the East Asian system, and the nature of those states. All in all, this was a strong book nonetheless though it could have added a few things.

An outstanding narrative on 6 centuries of East Asian history that Viet-Nam, China, Korea, and Japan fought only 2 wars among themselves. In comparison, the author mentioned numerous conflicts in Europe among the various states. Even in our American century (20th), we seen American blood spilled in the Philippines, WWII in the Pacific, Korea, and Viet-Nam.

David C. Kang has written a concise, well-judged, and most useful analysis of the . In so doing, he demolishes the American discourse of 'realism,' which assumes that all states on the planet behave in the same way. With a plethora of books on 'the rise of China,' Kang's study is also essential reading for understanding the formation of the East Asian system, its contemporary functioning, and the arc of its future. An outstanding narrative on 6 centuries of East Asian history that Viet-Nam, China, Korea, and Japan fought only 2 wars among themselves.

Series: Contemporary Asia in the World. Published by: Columbia University Press. Focusing on the role of the "tribute system" in maintaining stability in East Asia and in fostering diplomatic and commercial exchange, Kang contrasts this history against the example of Europe and the East Asian states' skirmishes with nomadic peoples to the north and west.

Focusing on the role of the "tribute system" in maintaining stability in East Asia and in fostering diplomatic and commercial exchange, Kang contrasts this history against the example of Europe and the East Asian states' skirmishes with nomadic peoples to the north and west.

Start by marking East Asia Before the West: Five . Definitely looking forward to reading the rest of this book once I have a bit of spare time.

Start by marking East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Kang’s opening is utterly accurate: This is a book of political science, not history. In arguing for the strengths of the tribute system, Kang notes that that it successfully regulated trade, both formal exchanges of gifts and the under-the-table exchanges that went along with it. Understandably in a book about the strengths of the tribute system, he does not ask about its limits. Still, it’s clear that the tribute system had no means of recognizing any change in the relative power of different countries. Only war could do that.

Get this from a library! East Asia before the West : five centuries . Series: Contemporary Asia in the world.

Get this from a library! East Asia before the West : five centuries of trade and tribute. "From the founding of the Ming dynasty in 1368 to the start of the Opium Wars in 1841, China has engaged in only two large-scale conflicts with its principal neighbors, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan.

Contemporary Mia in the world) Includes bibliographical references and index.

Автор: Kang David C. Название: East Asia Before the West: Five .

Описание: Global Production and Trade in East Asia focuses on the profound change that the traditional paradigm of production and international trade has undergone in the last two decades or so as a result of worldwide trade and investment liberalization

From the founding of the Ming dynasty in 1368 to the start of the Opium Wars in 1841, China has engaged in only two large-scale conflicts with its principal neighbors, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. These four territorial and centralized states have otherwise fostered peaceful and long-lasting relationships with one another, and as they have grown more powerful, the atmosphere around them has stabilized.Focusing on the role of the "tribute system" in maintaining stability in East Asia and in fostering diplomatic and commercial exchange, Kang contrasts this history against the example of Europe and the East Asian states' skirmishes with nomadic peoples to the north and west. Although China has been the unquestioned hegemon in the region, with other political units always considered secondary, the tributary order entailed military, cultural, and economic dimensions that afforded its participants immense latitude. Europe's "Westphalian" system, on the other hand, was based on formal equality among states and balance-of-power politics, resulting in incessant interstate conflict. Scholars tend to view Europe's experience as universal, but Kang upends this tradition, emphasizing East Asia's formal hierarchy as an international system with its own history and character. This approach not only recasts our understanding of East Asian relations but also defines a model that applies to other hegemonies outside the European order.
Reviews about East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute (Contemporary Asia in the World) (5):
Gietadia
This is certainly an interesting and informative work. The thesis, which focuses on the historical tendency of an East Asia with a strong China to lean towards hegemonic peace is interesting and worth serious consideration though the jury is out on how accurate it is. More than this, Kang is right to challenge the Eurocentric bias towards theories of International Relations, which is largely built on European/Western cases. The book is also interesting as history, especially the conceptualization and formation of states in East Asia, their trade patterns and the differences between states and the tribal/nomadic groups that bordered East Asia. I felt his explanation could have been stronger with regards to this last count and he could have given a more full description of these nomadic entities. The differences between the Ming and Qing could have been highlighted more. Finally, more attention could have been given to the states of Southeast Asia, their role in the East Asian system, and the nature of those states. All in all, this was a strong book nonetheless though it could have added a few things.
AnnyMars
This is a subject matter I'm fascinated about, so he couldn't go wrong informing me of the historical facts. My only issue is with his writing style - he repeats himself over and over again. He'll write a sentence saying the same thing two or five paragraphs down the line, after which you just want to slap him and go, "you've already said that!". The writing can also get a little long-winded, but I suppose that's a common feature of books written by academics.

As an avid history buff, the story he tells is interesting. I only had a vague understanding of inter-Asian relationships of the past, so I can say I'm a little bit more educated about the matter now. He focuses primarily on the three sinicized societies (Korea, Vietnam and Japan) plus China itself, which helps make it succinct. It's also mainly about Chinese relations with the other three, which I suppose makes sense since East Asia back then pretty much revolved around it. He gets a litte bit into the Korean-Japanese dynamic, though I would've liked more. More in-depth info on the interactions between the non-China three would've been nice, especially Vietnam's discourse with Japan and Korea.

All in all I would recommend it, and it's also comparatively short and makes for a quick read.
Hulore
An outstanding narrative on 6 centuries of East Asian history that Viet-Nam, China, Korea, and Japan fought only 2 wars among themselves. In comparison, the author mentioned numerous conflicts in Europe among the various states. Even in our American century (20th), we seen American blood spilled in the Philippines, WWII in the Pacific, Korea, and Viet-Nam.
post_name
Agree with the one reviewer who criticized the style points, but readers must recall that this is an academic work and the repetetiveness is part of the style of presentation. I ultimately disagree with much of the author's thesis, but he has anticipated many of my objections and dealt with them clearly in the text. I will not use this space to review them as I am working on a less academic "rebuttal" of sorts.
Rare
Purchased for school serves it's purpose.

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