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Zheng He : China And the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433 (Paperback)

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China and the Oceans in early Ming

on 12/7/2012

In the early 15th century, the coastal states of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean were the sites of a remarkable event, as they received repeated visitations by a large fleet of Chinese ships. Dispatched by the order of the Ming emperor Yongle, they consisted of thousands of men on board the largest wooden ships ever built. The expeditions were all commanded by Zheng He, a eunuch with a long history of service to the emperor.

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This new biography of the Chinese explorer Zheng He sheds new light on one of the most important "what if" questions of early modern history: why a technically advanced China did not follow the same path of development as the major European powers.
Written by China scholar Edward L. Dreyer, Zheng He outlines what is known of the eunuch Zheng He's life and describes and analyzes his early fifteenth-century voyages on the basis of Chinese evidence. Locating the voyages firmly within the context of early Ming history, it addresses the political motives of Zheng He's voyages and how they affected China's attitude toward the outside world in subsequent centuries.

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Publisher Pearson College Div
Mfg Part# 9780321084439
SKU 202129097
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0321084438
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0238
Publisher Longman Publishing Group
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