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Chinese Hegemony: Grand Strategy and International Institutions in East Asian History

Feng Zhang


This book explores the strategic and institutional dynamics of international relations in East Asian history when imperial China was the undisputed regional hegemon. It draws on both Chinese and Western intellectual traditions to develop a relational theory of grand strategy and fundamental institutions in regional relations. The theory is evaluated with three case studies of Sino-Korean, Sino-Japanese, and Sino-Mongol relations during China’s early Ming dynasty (1368-1424). The book argues that early Ming China and its neighbors adopted a variety of grand strategies in their interactions, inc ... More

Keywords: grand strategy, international institutions, Chinese hegemony, relationalism, expressive rationality, tribute system, Chinese foreign policy, China’s rise, East Asian international relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780804793896
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804793896.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Feng Zhang, author