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This innovative volume provides an introduction to twelve seminal events in the international relations of East Asia prior to 1900: twelve events that everyone interested in the history of world politics should know. The East Asian historical experience provides a wealth of new and different cases, patterns, and findings that will expand horizons from the Western, Eurocentric experience. Written by an international team of historians and political scientists, these essays draw attention to the China-centered East Asian order – with its long history of dominance – and what this order might tell us about the current epoch.


‘This important book significantly advances our understanding of international relations. With interdisciplinary contributions highlighting key events in East Asia across space and time, the chapters effectively demonstrate how East Asian history should shape our theories and understanding of international politics. This is a must-read!'

Michael C. Horowitz - University of Pennsylvania

‘The 1895 Venezuela crisis, the Franco-Prussian War, World War I – key events in the European and transatlantic historical experience have long shaped international relations theory. But what about the Ming invasion of Vietnam, the Qing unification, the 1894 Sino-Japanese War? In this innovative volume, Haggard and Kang argue that these and other key events in East Asian history belong in the IR canon in order for scholars to better understand world politics.'

Jennifer Lind - Dartmouth College

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