By Lo Jung-pang, Bruce A. Elleman
"Lo Jung-pang (1912-81) was once a well known professor of chinese language background on the college of California at Davis. In 1957 he accomplished a 600-page typed manuscript entitled China as a Sea strength, 1127-1368, yet he died with no arranging for the booklet to be released. Bruce Elleman stumbled on the manuscript within the UC Davis information in 2004, and with the aid of Dr Lo's kinfolk ready an edited model of the manuscript for book. Lo Jung-pang argues that in all the 3 classes whilst imperial China launched into maritime organisations (the Qin and Han dynasties, the Sui and early Tang dynasties, and the track, Yuan, and early Ming dynasties), coastal states took the initiative at a time while China used to be divided, maritime exchange and exploration peaked whilst China used to be powerful and unified, after which declined as chinese language energy weakened. At such occasions, China's humans grew to become absorbed by means of inner affairs, and nation coverage serious about threats from the north and the west. those cycles of maritime job, every one lasting approximately years, corresponded with cycles of unity and department, power and weak spot, prosperity and impoverishment, growth and contraction. within the early twenty first century, a robust and outward taking a look China is back increase its military and looking maritime dominance, with vital implications for exchange, international relations and naval affairs. occasions won't inevitably keep on with a similar path as some time past, yet Lo Jung-pang's research indicates invaluable questions for the learn of occasions as they spread within the years and a long time to come."--Project Muse.
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C. 33 The Yue navy, at the time of Guoqian, consisted of three hundred “spear boats” manned by eight thousand men and a fleet of “deck ships” manned by three thousand men. 35 The rise of Chu, Wu, and Yue as naval powers developed equally with advances in nautical science and technology. At first, ordinary vessels were used, but later ships specially designed for war came into being and weapons adapted for fighting on water were gradually introduced. 36 29 31 32 33 34 35 Luo Qi, Wu Yuan (Xu Jinbuzhai Congshu), p.
Zhejiang province alone has 1,806 islands off its coast. 1 Of China’s 62 typhoon shelters, 47 are on the southeastern coast and four on the coast of Formosa and the Penghu Islands. 2 The development of natural harbors into seaports depends largely upon their accessibility to the hinterland. They must have adequate and economical means of communication. There are excellent harbors on the coast of Shandong and Liaodong, but they have not thrived because they lack rivers to link them with the interior.
254–5. 38 Bishop, “Long houses and dragon boats,” p. D. G. Worcester, The Junks and Sampans of the Yangtze: A Study in Chinese Nautical Research, Vol. 1 (Shanghai: Statistical Department of the Inspectorate General of Customs, 1947‒48), p. 25, disagrees, arguing that China developed sails earlier than in the West. C. It should be noted that in the ancient period and in the early middle ages in China’s history, sails made of textiles, and in many cases of silk, as the character ( fan 帆) indicates, were not in common use because they were so expensive.