The Ming Invasion of Vietnam, 1407-1427

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James A. Anderson, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: In 1400 Vietnamese leader and radical reformer H? Quý Ly (ca. 1350–1410) usurped the Vietnamese throne from the declining Tr?n leadership. H? Quý Ly’s reign, although fueled by regional rivalries, managed to provoke a military response by the neighboring Ming that displaced the dominant Ðông Kinh elite of the Red River Delta long enough for the Thanh Hóa elite of upper central Vietnam under Lê L?i (1385–1433) to unify a political force that would borrow heavily from the Chinese model, but stress essential cultural differences between the two sides of the Sino-Vietnamese frontier. The Ming occupation of Vietnam would last only two decades, but this period continues to have an influence on the modern-day relationship between the People's Republic of China and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. This chapter draws connections between H? Quý Ly’s radical reforms, the failed Ming response, and Sino-Vietnamese relations today.

Additional Information

David C. Kang and Stephan Haggard (eds.) East Asia in the World: Twelve Events That Shaped the Modern International Order. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Language: English
Date: 2020
H? Quý Ly, Lê L?i, Ming invasion, Red River Delta, Sino-Vietnamese relations

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