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By Fujita Kayoko, Momoki Shiro, Anthony Reid

This exemplary paintings of foreign collaboration takes a comparative method of the histories of Northeast and Southeast Asia, with contributions from students from Japan, Korea and the Englishspeaking educational international. the recent scholarship represented through this quantity demonstrates that the tremendous and becoming advertisement interactions among the nations of japanese Asia have lengthy old roots. The so-called "opening" to Western alternate within the mid-nineteenth century, that is generally obvious because the starting of this procedure, is proven to be particularly the reversal of a comparatively transitority part of kingdom consolidation within the lengthy eighteenth century.

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Neo-Confucianism advanced in China and Korea after the 16th century,77 while the propagation of Roman Catholicism was also successful in China and Japan in the late 16th century, and in Vietnam in the early 17th century. The change of agrarian societies in the Sinic World (Northeast Asia and northern Vietnam) from the 14th to the 17th centuries has been a major issue concerning periodization. Steady population increase was followed by intensive (often commercialized) agricultural production in the heartlands of Korea78 and Japan after the 14th century.

In the case of Korea, the Chosŏn government was reluctant to use silver and exploit silver mines. 68 It is not clear where the imported silver (in exchange for raw silk bound for Japan, for instance) went, although it is likely that much silver was re-exported to China. Prosperous trade accelerated the social change in the East Eurasian peripheries. A number of new focal points of trade appeared, such as Ternate and Ambon, Manila, Hirado and Nagasaki. 71 New Challengers In the 16th century, the old systems in Southeast and Northeast Asia collapsed with the appearance of new actors and the flood of silver.

63 Not only Siam but also Đại Viêt expanded to subjugate port polities and trade networks. 65 However, Southeast and Northeast Asia saw an unprecedented economic boom in the 16th century, partly thanks to the Europeans. A great deal of silver flowed from Japan (after the 1530s) and Spanish America (after the 1560), mainly into China. The use of silver currency had already been introduced to China during the Song/Yuan Period. 66 Silver was the first import commodity through maritime trade that directly influenced the daily lives of commoners in China.

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