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China's HegemonyFour Hundred Years of East Asian Domination$
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Ji-Young Lee

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231179744

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231179744.001.0001

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The Making of Ming Hegemony

The Making of Ming Hegemony

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(p.79) 3 The Making of Ming Hegemony
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China's Hegemony
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Ji-Young Lee

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231179744.003.0004

The chapter investigates the interesting ways in which Korea and Japan responded to the rise of the Ming empire. The two cases in Chapter 3 signify unusual fluctuations in the two countries’ patterns of compliance behavior—Japan’s acceptance and Korea’s challenge to Chinese hegemony. In line with the book’s theoretical expectations, the case studies show that their compliance decisions grew out of domestic politics considerations rather than a direct response to the Ming power or culture. The rise of the Ming empire marked not only changes in the power shift at the international level. It also had implications for domestic power struggles within Japan and Korea as their leaders tried to take advantage of the Ming’s symbolic power politically against their opponents at home.

Keywords:   The Ming empire, the Northern expedition (Korea), Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, Investiture, the founding of Choson Korea, Muromachi Japan

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