Watching China's growing power and international prominence today, many have invoked China's imperial past to project Asia's future dominated by China. China's Hegemony shows that the Chinese-centered international order in 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 own populations. This book demonstrates that Chinese hegemony and hierarchy were not an outcome.
Table of Contents ; Acknowledgments ; Introduction; 1. Understanding the Tribute System ; 2. Chinese Hegemonic Authority: A Domestic Politics Explanation ; 3. The Making of Ming Hegemony ; 4. The Imjin War (1592-1598) ; 5. The Making of Qing Hegemony ; Conclusion ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index