"The Sea Common to All": Maritime Frontiers, Port Cities, and Chinese Traders in the Southeast Asian Age of Commerce, ca. 1400–1750

@article{Lockard2010TheSC,
  title={"The Sea Common to All": Maritime Frontiers, Port Cities, and Chinese Traders in the Southeast Asian Age of Commerce, ca. 1400–1750},
  author={Craig A. Lockard},
  journal={Journal of World History},
  year={2010},
  volume={21},
  pages={219 - 247}
}
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