This book presents a great deal of new primary research on a wide range of aspects of early modern East Asia. Focusing primarily on maritime connections, the book explores the importance of international trade networks, the implications of technological dissemination, and the often unforeseen consequences of missionary efforts. It demonstrates the benefi ts of a global history approach, outlining the complex interactions between Western traders and Asian states and entrepreneurs. Overall, the book presents much interesting new material on this complicated and understudied period.
Introduction: Jack Wills and His Work and Influence.
1. Qing Opium Dependency and Republican Opium Autonomy.
2. Rivers of Blood & Roads of Bones: Sichuan in the Ming-Qing Transition.
3. Dueling Wills: Dutch Administration and Formosan Power, 1624-1668.
4. Sultan Hasanuddin's Rationale for Re-expansion: Avenging Tiworo's Defeat in the Seascape of the Spice Wars.
5. Maritime China in Global Military History: Some Reflections on the Chase Model.
6. The Military Implication of Zhu Wan’s Coastal Campaign in Southeastern China: Focusing on the Matchlock Gun (1548-1566).
7.The Seventeenth-Century Guangdong Pirates and Their Transnational Impact.
8. A Ship Full of Chinese Passengers: Princess Amelia’s Voyage from London to China in 1816-1817.
9. Hierarchy and Anarchy in Early Modern East Asia: The Tribute System as an International System.
10. Why Is China So Big? And Other Big Questions: An interview with John E.Wills, Jr., Amsterdam, 2005.
11. 2016 Postscript to the Itinerario Interview.
12. List of Publications by Jack Wills