Recently Published Book – Spain, China, and Japan in Manila, 1571-1644
Birgit Tremml-Werner’s Spain, China, and Japan in Manila, 1571-1644. Local Comparisons and Global Connections was published last June 2015 by the Amsterdam University Press and distributed by The University of Chicago Press. The book’s Introduction (click to download, Preview: Introduction) provides an initial perspective into the author’s attempt to draw the 16th century Asian maritime world as one of “connected histories,” “triangular relations,” “juxtaposed networks of interactions,” and “collaborations and partnerships based on distinctive, non-hierarchical relationships” (2015, 39).
One wonders what present day Philippine (Manila) diplomats, businessmen, and politicians, can learn about navigating today’s diplomatic and commercial relationships with China and Japan and other Southeast Asian countries.
At US$149 (about PHP6,731, full cost, excluding postal/shipping costs), the book is certainly way above my budget. I just hope our local university libraries will soon purchase their own copies. Until then, you can also read Birgit’s profile and some publications like The Global and the Local: Problematic Dynamics of the Triangular Trade in Early Modern Manila at Academia.