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Lost Colony : The Untold Story of China's First Great Victory over the West / Tonio Andrade.

Author/Creator:
Andrade, Tonio author.
Publication:
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2011]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource : 9 halftones. 6 line illus. 10 maps.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
History, Modern -- 17th century.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
During the seventeenth century, Holland created the world's most dynamic colonial empire, outcompeting the British and capturing Spanish and Portuguese colonies. Yet, in the Sino-Dutch War--Europe's first war with China--the Dutch met their match in a colorful Chinese warlord named Koxinga. Part samurai, part pirate, he led his generals to victory over the Dutch and captured one of their largest and richest colonies--Taiwan. How did he do it? Examining the strengths and weaknesses of European and Chinese military techniques during the period, Lost Colony provides a balanced new perspective on long-held assumptions about Western power, Chinese might, and the nature of war. It has traditionally been asserted that Europeans of the era possessed more advanced science, technology, and political structures than their Eastern counterparts, but historians have recently contested this view, arguing that many parts of Asia developed on pace with Europe until 1800. While Lost Colony shows that the Dutch did indeed possess a technological edge thanks to the Renaissance fort and the broadside sailing ship, that edge was neutralized by the formidable Chinese military leadership. Thanks to a rich heritage of ancient war wisdom, Koxinga and his generals outfoxed the Dutch at every turn. Exploring a period when the military balance between Europe and China was closer than at any other point in modern history, Lost Colony reassesses an important chapter in world history and offers valuable and surprising lessons for contemporary times.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
List of Illustrations
Dramatis Personae
Preamble
An Execution
One
Destinies Entwined
Pirate War
"War Is the Art of Deception"
The Wrath of Heaven
The Samurai
The General
The Sea King
Heaven Has Not Tired of Chaos on Earth
Two
An Extreme and Terrifying Storm
A Foggy Morning
Koxinga's Victories
Parleys and Capitulations
The Castle
An Assault
A Summer of Misery
Relief from the Sea
Three
The Fleet
A Foolish Attack
The Defectors
Koxinga Closes In
The Accidental Embassy
Acrimony
The Last Battle
Surrender
A Mad Death
Closing
Epilogues and Conclusions
Acknowledgments
Notes
References
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Mai 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781400839537
OCLC:
757406029
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9781400839537 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.