War, trade and piracy in the China Seas (1622-1683)

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War, trade and piracy in the China Seas (1622-1683)

Title: War, trade and piracy in the China Seas (1622-1683)
Author: Cheng, Weichung
Publisher: Institute of History, Faculty of the Humanities, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2012-06-12
Keywords: Cheng Ch'eng-kung
Cheng Chih-lung
Early modern
Maritime power
Abstract: The objective of this research is to examine the rise and fall of a prominent 17th century Chinese maritime power: the Cheng lineage. It elucidates how, due to the consequences of specific historical circumstances at a crucial moment in time, the Ming imperial administration initially tolerated a group of Chinese smugglers as a nominal coastal defense detachment. With the help of the local gentry, a substantial number of these mercenaries gradually transformed into the backbone of the defense force of Fu-chien province and became the main protectors of Chinese commercial interests in the East and South China Seas. Wrestling with other maritime competitors, the Cheng clan and their followers were dragged into a whirlpool of power struggles with the Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and English in the China Sea region during the early stages of globalization. The fall of the Ming Empire allowed the Cheng lineage to create an independent, but short-lived seaborne regime in China’s southeastern coastal provinces.
Description: Promotor: J.L. Blussé van Oud-Alblas
With summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Cheng, W., 2012, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
Sponsor: The Taiwan Merit Scholarships (TMS-94-2A-040);‘Dissertation Fellowship for ROC Student Abroad’ (DF008-U-09)by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.‘Scholarship for Doctoral Candidates in the Humanities and Social Science’in Academia Sinica, Taiwan;The Su Tian-shui Postgraduate Scholarship for the Study of Tainan
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/19069

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