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The rebel den of Nung Tri Cao; loyalty and identity along the Sino-Vietnamese frontier.


The rebel den of Nung Tri Cao; loyalty and identity along the Sino-Vietnamese frontier.

Anderson, James A.

U. of Washington Press


276 pages




Anderson (history, U. of North Carolina at Greensboro, US) examines how contending authority and legitimacy struggles in tributary relations between the courts of the Chinese Song empire (968-1279) and the emerging Vietnamese Dai Co Viet kingdom (968-1054), and between the courts and local chieftains such as Nung Tri Cao (ca. 1025-1055), who launched a rebellion in a failed effort to establish an independent kingdom, shaped Sino-Vietnamese frontier administration. He also discusses the implications of cross-border differences in public commemorations of Nung Tri Cao for contemporary border region identity. Of particular importance to his narrative are the ways local leaders negotiated status within the Chinese tribute system as a means of establishing regional independence and how conflict between the Song and the Dai Co Viet courts shifted from ideological concerns over the tributary relationship towards issues of spatial relations between neighboring states.

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Date:Nov 1, 2007
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