A Dragon's Head and a Serpent's Tail: Ming China and the First Great East Asian War, 1592–1598 (Campaigns and Commanders Series)

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The invasion of Korea by Japanese troops in May of 1592 was no ordinary military expedition: it was one of the decisive events in Asian history and the most tragic for the Korean peninsula until the mid-twentieth century. Japanese overlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi envisioned conquering Korea, Ming China, and eventually all of Asia; but Korea’s appeal to China’s Emperor Wanli for assistance triggered a six-year war involving hundreds of thousands of soldiers and encompassing the whole region. For Japan, the war was “a dragon’s head followed by a serpent’s tail”: an impressive beginning with no real ending.

Kenneth M. Swope has undertaken the first full-length scholarly study in English of this important conflict. Drawing on Korean, Japanese, and especially Chinese sources, he corrects the Japan-centered perspective of previous accounts and depicts Wanli not as the self-indulgent ruler of received interpretations but rather one actively engaged in military affairs—and concerned especially with rescuing China’s client state of Korea. He puts the Ming in a more vigorous light, detailing Chinese siege warfare, the development and deployment of innovative military technologies, and the naval battles that marked the climax of the war. He also explains the war’s repercussions outside the military sphere—particularly the dynamics of intraregional diplomacy within the shadow of the Chinese tributary system.

What Swope calls the First Great East Asian War marked both the emergence of Japan’s desire to extend its sphere of influence to the Chinese mainland and a military revival of China’s commitment to defending its interests in Northeast Asia. Swope’s account offers new insight not only into the history of warfare in Asia but also into a conflict that reverberates in international relations to this day.

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About the Author :

Kenneth M. Swope is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the editor of Warfare in China since 1600 and the author of The Military Collapse of China’s Ming Dynasty, 1618–1644.

Review :

“Swope, a military historian of the Ming dynasty, pays special attention to battles, army size and movement, war strategy and tactics, weaponry, and technology, which enriches and enlivens his account. . . . Given its groundbreaking importance and ambitious agenda to embrace all three East Asian countries, this book will be a must-read for years.”—American Historical Review

“Almost single-handedly, Swope has fundametally transformed our understanding of the late Ming [dynasty]. . . . This book is not merely a great work of history; it is a great work of storytelling.”—China Review International

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