In this revisionist history of early modern China, Evelyn Rawski challenges the tion of Chinese history as a linear narrative of dynasties dominated by the Central Plains and Hans Chinese culture from a unique, peripheral perspective. Rawski argues that China has been shaped by its relations with Japan, Korea, the Jurchen/Manchu and Mongol States, and must therefore be viewed both within the context of a regional framework, and as part of a global maritime network of trade. Drawing on a rich variety of Japanese, Korean, Manchu and Chinese archival sources, Rawski analyses the conflicts and regime changes that accompanied the region's integration into the world ecomy during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Early Modern China and Northeast Asia places Si-Korean and Si-Japanese relations within the context of rtheast Asian geopolitics, surveying complex relations which continue to this day.
Evelyn S. Rawski is Distinguished University Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. She received a PhD in History and Far Eastern Languages from Harvard University, Massachusetts in 1968. A Guggenheim Fellow in 1990, she served as president of the Association for Asian Studies from 1995-6. She is the author of Agricultural Change and the Peasant Economy of South China (1972), Education and Popular Literacy in Ch'ing China (1979), and The Last Emperors: A Social History of Qing Imperial Institutions (1998).