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China and Southeast Asia

Historical Interactions, 1st Edition

Edited by Geoff Wade, James K. Chin


382 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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Spanning over a millennium of history, this book seeks to describe and define the evolution of the China–Southeast Asia nexus and the interactions which have shaped their shared pasts.

Examining the relationships which have proven integral to connecting Northeast and Southeast Asia with other parts of the world, the contributors of the volume provide a wide-ranging historical context to changing relations in the region today – perhaps one of the most intense re-orderings occurring anywhere in the world. From maritime trading relations and political interactions to overland Chinese expansion and commerce in Southeast Asia, this book reveals rarely explored connections across the China–Southeast Asia interface. In so doing, it transcends existing area studies boundaries to present an invaluable new perspective to the field.

A major contribution to the study of Asian economic and cultural interactions, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Chinese history, as well as those engaged with Southeast Asia.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Geoff Wade and James K. Chin

Trading Relations

2. Hainan and Its International Trade: Ports, Merchants, Commodities (Song to Mid-Ming), Roderich Ptak

3. China in India: Porcelain Trade and Attitudes to Collecting in Early Islamic India, John Guy

Political interactions in the Maritime Realm and Overland

4. Ming China and Southeast Asia: Relations in the 15th Century, Geoff Wade

5. The Portuguese Occupation of Malacca in 1511 and China’s Response, Liao Dake

6. The Chinese Factor in the Shaping of Nguyễn Rule in Southern Vietnam during the 17th & 18th Centuries, Danny Wong Tze-ken

7. King Taksin and China: Siam-Chinese Relations during the Thonburi Period as Seen from Chinese Sources, James K. Chin

8. Upland Peoples and the 1729 Qing Annexation of the Tai Polity of Sipsong Panna, Yunnan: Disintegration from the Periphery, Christian Daniels

Chinese Commerce in Southeast Asia

9. The Rise of Chinese Mercantile Power in Maritime Southeast Asia, ca. 1400-1700, Chang Pin-tsun

10. Chinese Traders in the Malay Archipelago, 1680-1795, M. Radin Fernando

11. Cang hai sang tian: Chinese Communities in the 18th Century Mekong Delta, Li Tana

China-Southeast Asian Interactions during the Age of European Imperialism

12. Shifting Categorisations of Chinese Migrants in Burma in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Michael W. Charney

13. Revenue Farming and the Chinese Economy of Colonial Southeast Asia, Carl Trocki

14. Towards a Geo-History of Asian Communism: The Case of Sino-Vietnamese Revolutionary Overlaps before Decolonisation, Chris Goscha

About the Editors

Geoff Wade researches Asian connections and interactions, both historical and contemporary. His recent publications include Asian Expansions (2015) and Anthony Reid and the Study of the Southeast Asian Past (ed. with Li Tana, 2012).

James K. Chin is Chair Professor in the School of Overseas Chinese Studies at Jinan University, China. His recent English language publications include Mapping Ming China’s Maritime World: The Selden Map and Other Treasures from the University of Oxford (ed. with Tianlong Jiao, 2015).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Asia / China
HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies