By Kenneth M. Swope

The invasion of Korea via eastern troops in could of 1592 was once no traditional army day trip: it was once one of many decisive occasions in Asian historical past and the main tragic for the Korean peninsula until eventually the mid-twentieth century. eastern overlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi predicted conquering Korea, Ming China, and at last all of Asia; yet Korea’s entice China’s Emperor Wanli for guidance caused a six-year conflict concerning thousands of squaddies and encompassing the full zone. For Japan, the struggle was once “a dragon’s head by way of a serpent’s tail”: a magnificent starting without genuine ending.

Kenneth M. Swope has undertaken the 1st full-length scholarly research in English of this crucial clash. Drawing on Korean, jap, and particularly chinese language resources, he corrects the Japan-centered point of view of past money owed and depicts Wanli now not because the self-indulgent ruler of obtained interpretations yet really one actively engaged in army affairs—and involved particularly with rescuing China’s purchaser nation of Korea. He places the Ming in a extra lively gentle, detailing chinese language siege war, the improvement and deployment of leading edge army applied sciences, and the naval battles that marked the climax of the conflict. He additionally explains the war’s repercussions outdoors the army sphere—particularly the dynamics of intraregional international relations in the shadow of the chinese language tributary system.

What Swope calls the 1st nice East Asian battle marked either the emergence of Japan’s wish to expand its sphere of impact to the chinese language mainland and an army revival of China’s dedication to protecting its pursuits in Northeast Asia. Swope’s account deals new perception not just into the historical past of struggle in Asia but additionally right into a clash that reverberates in diplomacy to this day.

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