Viet Nam: Borderless Histories Hardcover – Aug 29 2006
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"A significant contribution to the efforts to move beyond a national history of Vietnam. Many intriguing stories of the marginal and ambiguous subjects in the place we call Vietnam today."—Thongchai Winichakul, University of Wisconsin–Madison
"Vitally important not only for Vietnamese studies, but also for broader efforts in Southeast Asian studies to recover the pluralities and fluidities of the past."—Mark Philip Bradley, Northwestern University
About the Author
Nhung Tuyet Tran is assistant professor of history at the University of Toronto.
Anthony Reid is founding director of the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore.
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* Nhung Tuyet Tran's analysis of the legal code of the Le Dynasty (15th century), in which she challenges the idea that the Vietnamese imperial system accorded women significantly more rights than the Chinese equivalent.
* Sun Laichen's discussion of the introduction of gunpowder technology in Vietnam from 1390-1497, a watershed period in which the Viet kingdom finally overcame its Cham adversaries along the central coast, opening the way for southern expansion.
* Li Tana's survey of the development of the "water frontier" in the southern delta, as the Nguyen lords gradually gained control of this former Khmer region, with the assistance of Chinese emigrants from the collapsing Ming empire. (She has also co-edited a collection devoted exclusively to this subject.)
* Charles Wheeler's exploration of the Cham world on the central coast, and the transition from this largely Hinduized state to a Vietnamese polity.