Ming China and Vietnam: Negotiating Borders in Early Modern Asia [book review]

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James A. Anderson, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: As explored in several recent studies, the regions of modern-day China and Vietnam have been engaged in a long and complicated relationship. In Ming China and Vietnam: Negotiating Borders in Early Modern Asia, Kathlene Baldanza skillfully discusses how internal Vietnamese political changes accompanied the thirteenth- through sixteenth-century transformations in Sino-Vietnamese relations, illustrated in this study with literary examples by the relationship’s chroniclers. Baldanza has written what she describes as an overview of late imperial “Sino-Vietnamese history” in which she captures the dynamic nature of this interregional engagement from the era of Mongol invasion to the cessation of conflict in the Trinh-Nguyen rivalry (10). The author’s focus on intellectual portraits of Vietnamese and Chinese scholars closely associated with changes along the Sino-Vietnamese frontier provides a novel, well-researched approach to an important topic.

Additional Information

Journal of Vietnamese Studies. Vol. 13 No. 2, (Spring 2018): 120-123. https://doi.org/10.1525/vs.2018.13.2.120
Language: English
Date: 2018
book review, China, Vietnam, history

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