Far East Notes 2.18.08

Far East Notes 2.18.08 - 5 Matteo Ricci Jesuit at the Ming...

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Far East in Modern Times Notes 2/18/08 1. Imperial Rome and Han China – came into brief contact in Persia; how might world history be different if they had collaborated militarily, politically, economically? 2. Marco Polo’s journey – he and family members departed Venice and reached Beijing in late 1200s; how might world history be different if a European prince believed and invested in Polo’s story upon his return home? 3. Portuguese exploration and contact – sought southeast passage to Asia; established trading ports, cash products, overbearing missionaries, bad feelings 4. Spanish exploration and contact – sought west passages; colonized Philippines as link between economic markets in East Asia and Spanish America
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Unformatted text preview: 5. Matteo Ricci, Jesuit at the Ming Court – how might world history be different if he had succeeded in supplanting a version of Catholicism/Christianity in Ming China? 6. Russian overland pressures – beginnings of the ongoing Russian-Chinese boundary conflict. 7. Dutch exploration and contact – sought northeast passages; eventually followed Portuguese lead and overtook their trading ports, cash products; secular but ruthless colonial masters, bad feelings 8. Japanese reaction to European Christians and merchants 9. European reaction to Japanese 10. Japanese understanding of America and Americans – how accurate, in-accurate were early Japanese accounts. 11....
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