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

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

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

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

Synopsis

"A readable, well-informed and comprehensive short history of China's relationships with its Southeast Asian neighbours from ancient times to the present day. A new title in the Short Histories of Asia Series, edited by Milton Osborne."

Excerpt

This book sketches in broad outline the history of 2000 years of contact between the peoples and governments of China and the peoples and governments of Southeast Asia. This is an ambitious undertaking that presents some obvious problems. China itself has not always been unified and Southeast Asia is a wonderfully varied region that historically has comprised many more independent kingdoms and principalities than the ten modern states making up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Moreover frontiers have shifted over these two thousand years, and once powerful independent kingdoms in what is now southern China have disappeared.

Historians do not just recount past events, however: they also interpret them, often by pointing out patterns that impart meaning. The early twenty-first century provides a convenient vantage point from which to do this for China-Southeast Asia relations. European powers have withdrawn from Southeast Asia, and after a period of weakness and humiliation lasting more than a century, the People's Republic of China (PRC) has restored much of China's . . .

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