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.


chapter |10 pages

Introduction: Jack Wills and his work and influence

ByKenneth M. Swope, Tonio Andrade

chapter 1|23 pages

%Qing opium dependency and Republican opium autonomy

ByDavid A. Bello

chapter 2|31 pages

%Rivers of blood & roads of bones

Sichuan in the Ming-Qing Transition
ByKenneth M. Swope

chapter 3|18 pages

%Dueling wills

Dutch administration and Formosan power, 1624–68
ByLeonard Blussé

chapter 4|17 pages

%Sultan Hasanuddin’s rationale for re-expansion

Avenging Tiworo’s defeat in the seascape of the spice wars
ByJennifer L. Gaynor

chapter 5|19 pages

%Maritime China in global military history

Some reflections on the Chase model
ByTonio Andrade

chapter 6|32 pages

%The military implication of Zhu Wan’s coastal campaigns in southeastern China

Focusing on the matchlock gun (1548–66)
BySun Laichen

chapter 8|31 pages

%A ship full of Chinese passengers

Princess Amelia’s voyage from London to China in 1816–17
ByPaul A. Van Dyke

chapter 9|20 pages

%Hierarchy and anarchy in early modern East Asia

The tribute system as an international system
ByDavid C. Kang

chapter 10|9 pages

%Why is China so big? And other big questions

An interview with John E. Wills, Jr., Amsterdam, 2005
ByHendrik E. Niemeijer, Frans Paul van der Putten

chapter |2 pages

2016 postscript to the Itinerario interview

ByJohn E. Wills