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Zheng He China and the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433 (Library of World Biography Series)



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This new biography, part of Longman's World Biography series, of the Chinese explorer Zheng Hesheds new light on one of the most important "what if" questions of early modern history: why a technically advanced China did not follow the same path of development as the major European powers. Written by China scholar Edward L. Dreyer,Zheng Heoutlines what is known of the eunuch Zheng Hers"s life and describes and analyzes the early 15 th century voyages on the basis of the Chinese evidence. Locating the voyages firmly within the context of early Ming history,itaddresses the political motives of Zheng Hers"s voyages and how they affected Chinars"s exclusive attitude to the outside world in subsequent centuries.

Table of Contents

The Enigma of Zheng He
The Chinese Tributary System and the Purpose of Zheng Hersquo;s Voyages
Traditional Chinese Interpretations of Zheng Hersquo;s Career
Zheng Hersquo;s Voyages and Western Imperial Expansion
Zheng Hersquo;s Voyages and the Course of Chinese History
Historical Problems in the Interpretation of Zheng Hersquo;s Career
Zheng Hersquo;s Early Life and His Patron Emperor Yongle
The Fall of the Yuan and the Rise of Zhu Yuanzhang to 1368
The Reign of Emperor Hongwu, 1368-1398
Civil War, 1398-1402
Yonglersquo;s Reign as Emperor, 1402-1424
China and the Asian Maritime World in the Time of Zheng He
The Purpose of Zheng Hersquo;s Voyages
Patterns of Trade in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea
The Malay-Indonesian World in the Hongwu Era
Southern India and Ceylon in the Time of Zheng He
Sailing to India: Zheng Hersquo;s First, Second and Third Voyages
The First Voyage, 1405-1407
The Second Voyage, 1407-1409
The Third Voyage, 1409-1411
Sailing to Africa: Zheng Hersquo;s Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Voyages
The Fourth Voyage, 1412/14-1415
The Fifth Voyage, 1417-1419
The Sixth Voyage, 1421-1422
The Last Years of the Yongle Reign, 1422-1424
The Ships and Men of Zheng Hersquo;s Fleets
Dimensions and Displacements of the Treasure Ships
Masts and Sails
Shipbuilding Notices in the Taizong Shilu
Shipbuilding Costs
Numbers of Ships in Each of the Voyages
Zheng Hersquo;s Career after 1424 and His Final Voyage
Ming China in the Hongxi (1424-25) and Xuande (1425-35) Reigns
Zheng Hersquo;s Career from 1424 to 1430
Zheng Hersquo;s Inscriptions at Liujiagang and Changle
Zheng Hersquo;s Seventh and Final Voyage, 1431-1433
The Legacy of Zheng He
Translations of Primary Sources
Zheng Hersquo;s Biography in Mingshi
Zheng Hersquo;s 1431 Inscriptions
Note on Sources
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