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A Dragon’s Head and a Serpent’s Tail: Ming China and the First Great East Asian War, 1592–1598

A Dragon’s Head and a Serpent’s Tail: Ming China and the First Great East Asian War, 1592–1598 Book Reviews A Dragon 's Head and a Serpent 's Tail: Ming China and the First Great East Asian War, 1 592-1 598 by Kenneth M. Swope. Nor­ man: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009. 432 pp. Black & white illustrations. Maps. $34 .95 (h ardcover) A Dragon 's Head and a Serpent 's Tail explores the Imjin War, a conflict­ more commonly known in the West as the Hideyoshi Invasions of Korea-that embroiled Northeast Asia at the end of the sixteenth century. After sketching out motivating factors for the invasions as well as regional political structures and dynamics in the years leading up to the fighting, the book examines major stages of the war in chronological order: the first Japanese off ensive (15 92), Ming China's entry into the war and the Japanese retreat to the southeast coast of the Korean peninsula (1 593), the temporary lull in fighting and peace talks (1593-96), and the second Japanese off ensive (1 597 -98) and its consequences. The author, Kenneth Swope, provides a well-organized narrative of the war and addresses historiographical issues in a straightforward manner that should engage scholars and general readers alike. Thus, despite several criticisms out­ lined below, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Studies Duke University Press

A Dragon’s Head and a Serpent’s Tail: Ming China and the First Great East Asian War, 1592–1598

Journal of Korean Studies , Volume 16 (1) – Mar 11, 2011

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Copyright © 2011 by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
ISSN
0731-1613
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2158-1665
DOI
10.1353/jks.2011.0005
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Book Reviews A Dragon 's Head and a Serpent 's Tail: Ming China and the First Great East Asian War, 1 592-1 598 by Kenneth M. Swope. Nor­ man: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009. 432 pp. Black & white illustrations. Maps. $34 .95 (h ardcover) A Dragon 's Head and a Serpent 's Tail explores the Imjin War, a conflict­ more commonly known in the West as the Hideyoshi Invasions of Korea-that embroiled Northeast Asia at the end of the sixteenth century. After sketching out motivating factors for the invasions as well as regional political structures and dynamics in the years leading up to the fighting, the book examines major stages of the war in chronological order: the first Japanese off ensive (15 92), Ming China's entry into the war and the Japanese retreat to the southeast coast of the Korean peninsula (1 593), the temporary lull in fighting and peace talks (1593-96), and the second Japanese off ensive (1 597 -98) and its consequences. The author, Kenneth Swope, provides a well-organized narrative of the war and addresses historiographical issues in a straightforward manner that should engage scholars and general readers alike. Thus, despite several criticisms out­ lined below,

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Journal of Korean StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Mar 11, 2011

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