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China's Hegemony: Four Hundred Years of East Asian Domination

Ji-Young Lee


Many have viewed the tribute system as China's tool for projecting its power and influence in East Asia, treating other actors as passive recipients of Chinese domination. China's Hegemony sheds new light on this system and shows that the international order of Asia's past was not as Sinocentric as conventional wisdom suggests. Instead, throughout the early modern period, Chinese hegemony was accepted, defied, and challenged by its East Asian neighbors at different times, depending on these leaders' strategies for legitimacy among their populations. Focusing on China-Korea-Japan dynamics of Ea ... More

Keywords: the Chinese empire, Korea, Japan, the tribute system, authority, hegemony, domestic legitimation, domestic/international order, power struggles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231179744
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231179744.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ji-Young Lee, author
American University