The Apparent Military Decline Of East Asia After 1700 Essay

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Explain the apparent military decline of East Asia after 1700
East Asia had been regarded as one of the most military advanced region of the globe since the early firearms were invented by the Chinese before the Europeans perfected them. Indeed, the earliest known formula for gunpowder is found in a Chinese work dating from the 800s. This allowed the Chinese to apply it to warfare through producing a variety of gunpowder weapons among them rockets, bombs, mines, and rockets before inventing the firearms. Together with the Japanese, the Chinese continued using firearms throughout the following centuries as the Europeans and Arabs started acquiring them (Chase p. 1). Despite this military success over the centuries to 1700s, the reconstruction of Eurasian states in the wake of the disintegration of the Mongol empire played a major role in the apparent military decline of East Asia. In effect, the reconstruction of Eurasian states and the capture of China’s emperor by a Mongol Khan and the civil war Japan and Russia were immersed in weakened the entire region. As 1700s approached, the military power of East Asia had started dwindling as the Portuguese and Dutch through their long-range naval gunnery started claiming the decisive superiority. In addition, China and Japan were ousted by 1700, ensuring that the region was no longer a military might (Perdue p. 1). In connection with this introductory paragraph, this essay attempts to discuss the apparent military decline of East…

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