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Tribute, Trade and Wars Across the Medieval East Asia (14th to 17th Century) - AKO500158
Anglický název: Tribute, Trade and Wars Across the Medieval East Asia (14th to 17th Century)
Zajišťuje: Ústav asijských studií (21-UAS)
Fakulta: Filozofická fakulta
Platnost: od 2021
Semestr: letní
Body: 0
E-Kredity: 4
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:2/0 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (neurčen)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst: ne
Stav předmětu: nevyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: Mgr. Lukáš Kubík
Rozvrh   Nástěnka   
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Lukáš Kubík (18.01.2021)

This course surveys the history of the East Asian civilizations from the medieval up to the premodern period (14th – 17th century). It aims to offer an overview of the preindustrial East Asian countries or regions including Yuan and Ming China, Korean Koryǒ and Chosŏn, medieval Japan, the Ryu-kyu islands and Tsushima, and address their broader political dynamics, maritime trade networks and the exchange of knowledge and technology.
In 5 thematic modules (13 lectures) it will introduce the region after the fall of the Mongol empire, the political and economic consequences of its downfall, and its dynamics. Moreover, it will introduce the maritime realm of the Ming period (1368-1644); Ming’s naval policy and foreign trade with Chosŏn and Japan; maritime piracy; transfer of knowledge and technology; war conflicts and contacts with the Occident.

The course is intended primarily for Erasmus students, but other students are welcome as well. It is designed as an introduction for undergraduate students in Asian studies majors or with no general specialization. Therefore, no prior training in East Asian languages is required. The classes will be taught in English. Maximum capacity of students for this course is 15.

Mgr. Lukáš Kubík (*1990) graduated at the Charles University in the master’s Program of Korean Studies. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Asian Studies of the program History and Cultures of Asia and Africa. His main research interest is medieval maritime piracy in the context of Chosŏn Korea.


Deskriptory - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Lukáš Kubík (18.01.2021)



Opening lesson 

Introduction to the course including requirements for attest. In the second half of the lesson we will discuss methodological concepts and approaches suitable for this course.


Module 1: China and her Neighbours

     1.         Fall of the Mongol empire and the aftermath, The rise of the Ming.

     2.         Institutional crisis in Koryǒ and the rise of Yi dynasty.

     3.         From Muromachi to Kamakura Japan.


Module 2: Tribute System of the Ming

     1.         The Ming maritime policy (trade voyages, sea trade prohibition, tribute system).

     2.         Intercultural diplomacy, envoys and escorts (trade routes, tally trade).

     3.         Chosŏn as a negotiator between China and Japan.


Module 3: The Golden Era of Maritime Piracy 

     1.         Wakō – the Japanese pirates (rise of piracy in Japan, origins, mechanisms of pirate raids, piracy in China).


Module 4: Transfer of Knowledge and Technologies

     1.         Transfer of knowledge (commerce and social networks, Buddhist sutras as foreign policy, transfer of Confucian canon).

     2.         Transfer of military technologies (spread of gunpowder, Japanese invasions of Korea and the evolution of military technologies, the Portuguese and matchlocks).

     3.         Contacts with the West (the Nanban trade, Macao and Formosa, the Dutch East India Company).


Module 5: The East Asian War (1592-1598)

     1.         Japanese invasions of Korea and the aftermath. 


Final lesson

Concluding remarks, discussion and assessments.



Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Lukáš Kubík (25.01.2021)

Course requirements and assessment criteria

Participation in the class (max. 2 absences) and discussion on selected readings. Two articles will be assigned for each week. Assessment will be written essay (min. 5p with footnotes & literature) and discussion about the essay.


MS Teams/Zoom etiquette

Please respect the following rules during the online meeting. 

  • Please join on time.
  • If you need to enter a name to join, please use your real name
  • Please let your camera running during the presentation
  • Switch off your microphone when the presentation starts
  • During discussion you are invited to ask questions and make short comments by using the chat function or “raise your hand” by clicking on the respective bottom in MSteams/ZOOM.

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Lukáš Kubík (18.01.2021)

Reading suggestion

Andrade, Tonio, and Xing Hang. Sea Rovers, Silver, and Samurai: Maritime East Asia in Global History, 1550-1700, 2016. https://www.degruyter.com/doi/book/10.21313/9780824852771.

Brook, Timothy. The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.

Brook, Timothy, M. C. van Walt van Praag, and Miek Boltjes, eds. Sacred Mandates: Asian International Relations since Chinggis Khan. Silk Roads. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Lewis, James Bryant, ed. The East Asian War, 1592-1598: International Relations, Violence and Memory. Asian States and Empires 9. London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2015.

Li, Kangying. The Ming Maritime Trade Policy in Transition, 1368 to 1567. East Asian Economic and Socio-Cultural Studies. East Asian Maritime History, Dong Ya Jing Ji Yu She Hui Wen Hua Lun Cong. East Asian Maritime History, 8 = 8. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2010.

Mote, Frederick W., Denis Crispin Twitchett, and John King Fairbank, eds. The Ming Dynasty, 1368 - 1644; Part 1. Reprinted. The Cambridge History of China, general eds.: Denis Twitchett and John K. Fairbank ; Vol. 7. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007.

Peter D. Shapinsky. ‘Predators, Protectors, and Purveyors: Pirates and Commerce in Late Medieval Japan’. Monumenta Nipponica 64, no. 2 (2009): 273–313. https://doi.org/10.1353/mni.0.0085.

Schottenhammer, Angela, ed. The East Asian Maritime World 1400-1800: Its Fabrics of Power and Dynamics of Exchanges. East Asian Economic and Socio-Cultural Studies. East Asian Maritime History 4. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2007.

———, ed. The East Asian Mediterranean: Maritime Crossroads of Culture, Commerce and Human Migration. East Asian Economic and Socio-Cultural Studies. East Asian Maritime History 6. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2008.

———, ed. Trading Networks in Early Modern East Asia. East Asian Economic and Socio-Cultural Studies, East Asian Maritime History 9. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2010.

Twitchett, Denis, and Frederick W. Mote, eds. The Ming Dynasty, 1368–1644: Part 2. The Cambridge History of China 8. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1998.

Wills, John E., Kenneth Swope, and Tonio Andrade, eds. Early Modern East Asia: War, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange: Essays in Honor of John E. Wills, Jr. Asian States and Empires 16. London; New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.

Yamamura, Kozo, ed. Medieval Japan. Reprinted. The Cambridge History of Japan 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.


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