Imperial Expansion in Global Asia 1400 to 1800

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Imperial Expansion in Global Asia, 1400 to 1800
The early modern era, roughly around 1400 to 1800, was significantly marked by empire expansions. Asian empires like Timur in Central Eurasia, the Ming and Qing, as well as the Mughals, Ottomans, and Safavids expanded their territories through military conquest and commercial penetration. As they established political control over much more vast tracts of land, new commercial networks and culture interactions were also emerged. Also, it was a time of global imperial expansion. Asia was connected to the broader global interacting patterns with the increasing involvement of western Europeans.
The Ming (1368-1644) and later the Qing (1644–1911) dynasties of China expanded broadly across central Asia into Mongolia, Turkestan, and Tibet. The Ming dynasty put a considerable emphasis on oceanic exploration. A dramatic example of the Ming’s prowess at the time can be seen in the expansive voyages of Zheng He. He commanded the Ming dynasty's fleet of immense trading vessels on expeditions ranging as far as Africa between 1405 and 1423, helping to extend Chinese maritime and commercial influence throughout the regions bordering the Indian Ocean. His Muslim faith and prestigious position in government reminds us of the ethnic and religious diversity of the vast Chinese empire. Later in the Qing dynasty, China undertook a territory expansion beyond its boundary to control vast, multicultural, multi-climatic realm with centralizing state
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