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Pirates, Traders, and Colonial Settlers in Maritime East Asia
HIST 225
Spring 2025
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: CEAS 274

Why is Maritime East Asia so contentious? Why is it emerging as the next global flashpoint? This course examines the historical roots of political tensions in Maritime East Asia by exploring the history of Taiwan. As early as the sixteenth century, merchant-pirates who dominated coastal China and Japan recognized Taiwan's strategic importance. For centuries, Dutch, British, American, and imperial powers used Taiwan as a springboard to gain a foothold in the Asia-Pacific region. Migrants from coastal China, who settled in Taiwan and Southeast Asia, worked with these imperial powers to colonize new frontiers and displace the indigenous population. The territorial disputes, economic rivalry, and business empires that shape our global economic order arise from the centuries-long struggle for dominance over Maritime East Asia. These historical legacies served as the driving force for political change. Maritime East Asia and particularly Taiwan not only transformed into an economic powerhouse but also stand at the forefront in the struggle against authoritarianism.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Arcp/Hist)(CGST-MN)(HIST-MN)(HIST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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