Chinese Hegemony: Grand Strategy and International by Feng Zhang

By Feng Zhang

Chinese Hegemony: Grand process and overseas associations in East Asian History joins a speedily growing to be physique of vital literature that mixes background and diplomacy conception to create new views on East Asian political and strategic habit. The publication explores the strategic and institutional dynamics of diplomacy in East Asian historical past while imperial China used to be the undisputed nearby hegemon, focusing extensive on vital points of chinese language hegemony on the time: the grand suggestions China and its associates followed of their strategic interactions, and the overseas associations they engaged in to keep up nearby order—including yet no longer restricted to the tribute system.

Feng Zhang attracts on either chinese language and Western highbrow traditions to boost a relational concept of grand technique and primary associations in local kinfolk. the idea is evaluated with 3 case experiences of Sino-Korean, Sino-Japanese, and Sino-Mongol family members in the course of China's early Ming dynasty—when one of those Confucian expressive technique used to be an important function of nearby family members. He then explores the coverage implications of this relational version for figuring out and studying modern China's upward push and the altering East Asian order. The e-book indicates a few historic classes for figuring out modern chinese language international coverage and considers the potential for a extra relational and cooperative chinese language approach within the future.

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5105—dc23 2014041549 ISBN 978-0-8047-9504-3 (electronic) Typeset by Newgen in 11/14 Garamond Chinese Hegemony GRAND STRATEGY AND INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN EAST ASIAN HISTORY Feng Zhang Stanford University Press Stanford, California To my wife Shu Man, for all your love and sacrifice, and to our daughter, Zhang Han, for the faith we have in you Contents List of Illustrations Notes on Transliterations Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations 1. Introduction 2. A Relational Theory of Grand Strategy 3.

1. Northeast and Inner Asia during the early Ming period Notes on Transliterations Chinese names and terms are transliterated with standard Pinyin romanization except when they are taken from a Western-language source that uses the Wade-Giles system or the Cantonese system. Japanese names and terms are transliterated with the Hepburn system, and Korean with the McCune-Reischauer system. Chinese, Japanese, and Korean names are written with the family name preceding the given name, except when they are taken from a Western-language source that provides the author’s given name before the family name.

I show that the East Asian order during China’s early Ming dynasty (1368–1424), the methodological choice of which is justified in the next section, was not a complete hierarchy of Chinese authority over its neighbors. Its degree varied with different foreign relationships. This argument is crucial for establishing the degree of Chinese hegemony in regional politics. I define hegemony as the conjunction of material primacy and social legitimacy. Hegemony, as Ian Clark emphasizes, should not be conflated with primacy.

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