9780195112078

When China Ruled the Seas The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433

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  • ISBN13:

    9780195112078

  • ISBN10:

    0195112075

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-01-09
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

This fascinating book takes an unprecedented look at the dynamic period in China's history--a hundred years before Columbus and his fellow Europeans began making their way to the New World--focusing on China's rise as a naval power that literally could have ruled the world. A 1994 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. 12 halftone illustrations. 21 linecuts.

Author Biography


Louise Levathes was a staff writer for National Geographic for ten years and writes for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. In 1990, she was a visiting scholar at The Johns Hopkins Center for Chinese and American Studies at Nanjing University, Jiangsu, China. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Pronunciation Guide to Major Figures 13(2)
Chinese Dynasties 15(4)
Prologue: Phantoms in Silk 19(4)
1 The Yi Peoples
23(10)
2 Confucians and Curiosities
33(24)
3 The Prisoner and the Prince
57(18)
4 The Treasure Fleet
75(12)
5 Destination: Calicut
87(20)
6 The Strange Kingdoms of Malacca and Ceylon
107(16)
7 Emissaries of the Dragon Throne
123(14)
8 The Auspicious Appearance of the Celestial Animals
137(18)
9 Fires in the Forbidden City
155(12)
10 The Last Voyage
167(16)
11 The Sultan's Bride
183(12)
Epilogue: A People Called Baijini 195(10)
Notes 205(28)
Acknowledgments 233(4)
Index 237

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