Zhijun Ren

TA: History 130 with Lecturer Dr. H William Warner


Advisor: Viren Murthy

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Zhijun Ren


My dissertation is a reinterpretation of the Chinese tributary system and its relation to East Asian early modernity. I use the Korean travelogues (collectively known as Yonhaengrok) to examine the early modern tributary relationship between the Qing empire and the Chosŏn dynasty. I use the political history of Sino-Korean diplomatic exchange to rethink Chosŏn’s centrality in the construction of the Qing tributary order.


  • East Asian History

M.A. Title

  • “The Tributary System and the Meaning of East Asia in the Late Qing”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Remapping Empire and Envisioning Early Modern in East Asia: Locality and Region in the Wriitngs of Korean Envoys”