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The Concept of the Silk Road in the 19th and 20th Centuries  

Justin M. Jacobs

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Mar 2020
The concept of the Silk Road first arose in the latter half of the 19th century as part of European attempts to impose economic and political claims upon the lands and peoples of Xinjiang ... More

Environmental Change and Chinese Empire  

David A. Bello

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Feb 2020
Agriculture—especially grain cultivation—informed the primary environmental ground of imperial China (221 to 1912 ce) and was ideally intended to produce human habitat from state-supervised ... More

Japanese Pirates and the East Asian Maritime World, 1200–1600  

Peter D. Shapinsky

Historians translate a variety of terms from 13th- through 17th-century Japan, China, Korea, and Europe as “Japanese pirates” (e.g., Jp. kaizoku, Kr. waegu, Ch. wokou). These constructs ... More

The Uyghurs: Making a Nation  

David Brophy

The Uyghurs comprise a Turkic-speaking and predominantly Muslim nationality of China, with communities living in the independent republics of Central Asia that date to the 19th century, and ... More

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