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Historical Archaeology of Early Modern Colonialism in Asia-Pacific: The Asia-Pacific Region

Maria Cruz Berrocal and Cheng-hwa Tsang


The history of Asia-Pacific since 1500 has traditionally been told as one of stagnation and decline imposed on by the superiority of Europeans in the region, who, since their arrival, have allegedly opened the era of “the Rise of the West” by establishing themselves and capitalism and achieving political and economic domination. In the last decades, as ever earlier world-systems have been defined in Asia (with particular attention paid to China’s economy), there has been a rejection of the academic paradigm that placed Europe as the key player in the formation of a globalized, capitalist world ... More

Keywords: Asia-Pacific, History, Colonialism, Decentralized global history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813054766
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054766.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria Cruz Berrocal, editor
University of Konstanz

Cheng-hwa Tsang, editor
Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica