ChinaSeaLife - Pollard HST 103 September 22, 2009 China and...

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Pollard HST 103 September 22, 2009 China and the Seas 1405-(1600 boats built) Denjang sea exploration and naval innovation unequaled Europeans get unfair credit Zhu Zuanchang (1368-1398) Hongwu Emperor “Great Military Power” Est ming dynasty Period of prosperity Illiterate, he depended on the shen-shih Struggle for power after his reign civil war between Zhu Di (his 5 th son) and his grandson (1398-1402) Chinese civil war for the throne, grandson escaped china Zhu Di (1402-1424) Yongle Emperor “Perpetual Happiness” Raised knowing that he would be emperor Grew up around the shen-shih and eunuchs Draws on the power of the eunuchs Opens china’s doors to international trade for 3 decades, Motives: 1.wanted his own reputation, 2.wanted to find his nephew to kill him, 3.trade (medicinal herbs, silk, etc for gold and spices: pepper, cinn, sugar etc), 4.tribute system (kow tow) expand china’s sphere of influence middle kingdom had only meant in asia before
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This note was uploaded on 01/05/2012 for the course HST 103 taught by Professor Clark during the Fall '08 term at University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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ChinaSeaLife - Pollard HST 103 September 22, 2009 China and...

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