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Offshore Asia

Maritime Interactions in Eastern Asia before Steamships

Fujita Kayoko, Momoki Shiro, Anthony Reid

Publication Year: 2013

This exemplary work of international collaboration takes a comparative approach to the histories of Northeast and Southeast Asia, with contributions from scholars from Japan, Korea and the English-speaking academic world. The new scholarship represented by this volume demonstrates that the vast and growing commercial interactions between the countries of eastern Asia have long historical roots. The so-called “opening” to Western trade in the mid-nineteenth century, which is typically seen as the beginning of this process, is shown to be rather the reversal of a relatively temporary phase of state consolidation in the long eighteenth century.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute


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Title Page, About the Series, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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List of Maps

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List of Tables and Figures

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This book was stimulated by the aim of deepening comparison and dialogue between historical research on Northeast Asia and that on Southeast Asia. Two centres collaborated in the joint research project which provided the groundwork for the book. One was the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. ...

Contributors, Map

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1. Introduction: Maritime Interactions in Eastern Asia

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pp. 1-15

The historical scholarship of the nationalist age in the second half of the 20th century achieved much in understanding the roots of Southeast Asian national cultures and the resilience of each of them in maintaining an autonomous dynamic despite imperial pressures. ...

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2. The Periodization of Southeast Asian History, in Comparison with that of Northeast Asia

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pp. 16-52

This chapter aims at reviewing the periodization of Southeast Asia from the 9th century to the mid-19th century1 in comparison with that of Japan, and sometimes of Korea and China. The authors prefer the term Northeast Asia to the more usual East Asia for the three countries, and in some cases are inclined to regard southern China as part of Southeast Asia.2 ...

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3. Merchants, Envoys, Brokers and Pirates: Hokkien Connections in Pre-modern Maritime Asia

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pp. 53-75

Entrepôts, commodities, ships and merchants are the four key themes in any discussion of the maritime history of Asia. Coastal Chinese feature largely in the fourth theme, but in diverse capacities that stretch the boundaries of the category. While they frequently functioned as maritime merchants, peddlers, artisans of various trades and farmers in entrepôts overseas, ...

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4. An Asian Commercial Ecumene, 900-1300 CE

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pp. 76-111

The inter-Asian emphasis of this volume is part of a welcome reintegration of regional histories following the gains made in area studies in recent decades. Southeast Asianists have paid some attention to the 9th to 14th centuries as a time of state-building, when the so-called charter polities dominated the region.2 ...

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5. The Japanese Archipelago and Maritime Asia from the 9th to the 14th Centuries

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pp. 112-129

This chapter examines the history of maritime exchange between the Japanese archipelago and various areas in Asia from the 9th to the first half of the 14th centuries. In contrast to the growth in pre-war research (which, of course, was closely related to Japanese expansion), post-war research after 1945 stagnated for some time. ...

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6. Saltpetre Trade and Warfare in Early Modern Asia

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pp. 130-184

Gunpowder technology not only changed the nature of warfare, but also changed the trajectory of the early modern world, as Geoffrey Parker has famously argued.4 Another aspect of the advent of gunpowder technology is that it also changed the way war-making materials were procured. ...

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7. Shaping Maritime East Asia in the 15th and 16th Centuries through Choson Korea

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pp. 185-210

In his 2005 book Umi to teikoku — Min-Shin jidai [The Sea and Empire: The Ming-Qing Period], Ueda Makoto writes, “By focusing on the relationship between empire and the sea we can continually pay attention to the contemporaneity of Japan and Southeast Asia, which were linked to China by the sea, and Europe, ...

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8. Shipwreck Salvage and Survivors' Repatriation Networks of the East Asian Rim in the Qing Dynasty

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pp. 211-235

Spurred by both the increasing collaboration between East Asian countries in research and more released or published historical data, topics related to the history of international exchanges in the maritime world surrounding China are drawing the interest of the academic community. ...

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9. Wei Zhiyan and the Subversion of the Sakoku

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pp. 236-258

Studies of the Chinese junk trade with Tokugawa Japan under the so-called sakoku policy fall, in general, into two categories — namely studies of institutions and studies of quantities. The first has focused on administrative institutions, regulations and procedures the Tokugawa authorities installed one after another over years. ...

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10. Metal Exports and Textile Imports of Tokugawa Japan in the 17th Century: The South Asian Connection

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pp. 259-276

The critiques of sakoku (literally “closed country”) since the 1970s have fundamentally rewritten the historiography of the foreign relations of Tokugawa Japan (1603–1868). The term sakoku was created by Shizuki Tadao, a Nagasaki interpreter to the Dutch in 1801, and it started to circulate in the Meiji period to express the “seclusion policy” of the Tokugawa shogunate, ...

Bibliography of Works Cited

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Other Works in the Series

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E-ISBN-13: 9789814311786
Print-ISBN-13: 9789814311779

Publication Year: 2013