118 JOURNAL OF WORLD HISTORY, MARCH 2018 the Ottomans. Tracy’s discussion of the former as “a composite state in which the sovereign shared authority” (p. 2) is clearly correct. His assertions that the Ottomans’ holdings were ruled in a fundamentally different manner needs more evidence from the Ottomans’ side in order to be fully convincing. JOSEPH F. PATROUCH University of Alberta Sea Rovers, Silver, and Samurai: Maritime East Asia in Global History, 1550–1700. Edited by TONIO ANDRADE and XING HANG. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2016. 386 pp. $69.00 (cloth). As it seeks to expand its maritime presence, China is laying claim to sovereignty in the East and South China Sea, an area that comprises hundreds of islets and archipelagos. Yet, China is not the only power to lay claim to territorial control over the region. Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines, respectively, have also firmly voiced counterclaims to China’s assertion. These recent disputes have turned the East Asian Sea into a troubled maritime realm; and, if it is not carefully managed, it could turn part of Asia’s maritime regions from thriving trade channels to arenas of sea battles. The present situation is recent and unsettling. Yet, in order to
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