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Sea Rovers, Silver, and Samurai


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Tonio Andrade (Editor) Tonio Andrade is professor of history at Emory University.Xing Hang (Editor) Xing Hang is assistant professor of history at Brandeis University.


The realms of maritime East Asia, although abstract to other maritime realms globally, has a transnational similarity that makes Sea Rovers a valid and useful source for comparative studies on maritime history and the global interconnectivity of waterways. . . . Andrade is no stranger to writing Taiwanese history, but what sets this apart is that it frames the island globally in a pre-modern period.-- "International Journal of Maritime History"
This is a fascinating book of essays that evoke a magical maritime region of ports, nodes, and chokepoints inhabited by sea lords and absentee rulers and lubricated by silver and other commodities. . . . Now that we have an important corpus of scholarship on piracy and its linkages with law, sovereignty, and markets, it would be useful to integrate the East Asian experience to push the frontiers of research on the politics of predation, especially in the centuries of transition.-- "H-Net Reviews"
This volume is not only a work on piracy and economy, as its title suggests. In fact it discusses trade, state formation, local politics, diplomacy, cosmology, legal cases, and cultural exchanges in the early modern era, and shifting historical images in recent decades. . . . My claim that East Asia was perhaps not unique, however, does not detract from the value of this volume. It rather indicates that similar dynamics were happening at both ends of the Eurasian continent. This may indicate that landbased agricultural states were challenged by trade-oriented states in Southwest Europe and Northeast Asia simultaneously. In this way this volume brings to light a unique development in global history. Those interested in this issue should read this excellent book.-- "Journal of Chinese Overseas"
[Tonio Andrade] and coeditor Xing Hang bring together an impressive array of international scholars representing different generations, from pioneers who have been leading the field since the 1970s to emerging scholars. . . . Sea Rovers, Silver, and Samurai renders a great service not only to historians of East Asia but to students of maritime history in general, providing insights that are highly relevant to the ongoing maritime and territorial disputes in the South China Sea.-- "Monumenta Nipponica"

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