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China, the Portuguese, and the Nanyang : oceans and routes, regions and trades (c. 1000-1600) / Roderich Ptak

Main Author Ptak, Roderich, 1955- Country Reino Unido. Publication Aldershot : Ashgate, cop. 2004 Description IX, 304 p., pag. var. ; 23 cm Series Variorum collected studies series , 777 ISBN 0-86078-923-3 CDU 951 946.9
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Under the Song, Yuan and Ming dynasties, China's maritime trade went through several stages of rapid expansion. This concerns both activities initiated by the central government and private seafaring: Chinese ships would sail to ports in Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean, and foreign merchants would come to China, often declaring themselves as tribute envoys. In the early 16th century, the Portuguese made contact with the Middle Kingdom, leading to the foundation of Macao in the 1550s. The present volume, the third collection by Roderich Ptak, explores important structural features related to China's maritime ventures and Luso-Chinese relations. It also discusses the perception of maritime space in late medieval Chinese texts and the importance of trade routes, especially the so-called eastern route from Fujian via Luzon to the Sulu 'zone'. The third section presents different 'key' regions as seen through Chinese eyes: Hainan, the coral island in the South China Sea, Barus on Sumatra, and finally Wang Dayuan's chapters on the Kerala coast.

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  • Introduction (p. vii)
  • Acknowledgements (p. xi)
  • A Structural Issues and Trade
  • I Ming Maritime Trade to Southeast Asia, 1368-1567: Visions of a System (From the Mediterranean to the China Sea: Miscellaneous Notes, eds. Claude Guillot, Denys Lombard and R. Ptak. Wiesbaden, 1998) (p. 157)
  • II Sino-Portuguese Relations circa 1513/14-1550s (Portugal e a China. Conferencias no II Curso Livre de Historia das Relacoes entre Portugal e a China (seculos XVI-XIX), coord. Jorge M. dos Santos Alves. Lisbon, 1999) (p. 19)
  • III China's Medieval fanfang--A Model for Macau under the Ming? (Anais de Historia de Alem-Mar 2. Lisbon, 2001) (p. 47)
  • IV Camphor in East and Southeast Asian Trade, c. 1500: A Synthesis of Portuguese and Asian Sources (Vasco da Gama and the Linking of Europe and Asia, eds. Anthony Disney and Emily Booth. New Delhi, 2000) (p. 142)
  • B The Perception of Space and Sailing Routes
  • V Quanzhou: At the Northern Edge of a Southeast Asian 'Mediterranean' (The Emporium of the World: Maritime Quanzhou, 1000-1400, ed. Angela Schottenhammer. Leiden, 2001) (p. 395)
  • VI Sudostasiens Meere nach chinesischen Quellen (Song und Yuan) (Archipel 56 (=L'horizon nousantarien, Melanges en hommage a Denys Lombard, vol. 1). Paris, 1998) (p. 5)
  • VII Jottings on Chinese Sailing Routes to Southeast Asia, Especially on the Eastern Route in Ming Times (Portugal e a China. Conferencias nos encontros de historia luso-chinesa, coord. Jorge M. dos Santos Alves. Lisbon, 2001) (p. 107)
  • C Islands and Regions
  • VIII Die Paracel- und Spratly-Inseln in Sung-, Yuan- und fruhen Ming-Texten: Ein maritimes Grenzgebiet? (China and Her Neighbours: Borders, Visions of the Other, Foreign Policy, 10 to 19th Century, eds. Sabine Dabringhaus and R. Ptak. Wiesbaden, 1997) (p. 159)
  • IX Hainans Aussenbeziehungen wahrend der fruhen Ming-Zeit (Hainan: De la Chine a l'Asie du Sud-Est. Von China nach Sudostasien, eds. Claudine Salmon and R. Ptak. Wiesbaden, 2001) (p. 85)
  • X Possible Chinese References to the Barus Area (Tang to Ming) (Histoire de Barus. Le Site de Lobu Tua. Bd. 1: Etudes et documents, ed. Claude Guillot. Paris, 1998) (p. 119)
  • XI Wang Dayuan on Kerala (Explorations in the History of South Asia. Essays in Honour of Dietmar Rothermund, eds. Georg Berkemer, Tilman Frasch, Hermann Kulke and Jurgen Lutt. New Delhi, 2001) (p. 39)
  • Index (p. 1)

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