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Introduction S TORIES A N D HIS TORIES FRO M TH E C H I N A -VI E T NAM B O R D E R HUE-TAM HO TAI Harvard University In keeping with the mission of Cross-Currents, I have selected four articles for this issue whose common trait is their focus on the border between China and Vietnam. I am deliberately eschewing the term “borderland” to describe the area they cover, as one article, by Robert J. Antony, concerns life on the water and piracy. The other articles, however, fit neatly into the category of borderland studies. Ever since what had been the Protectorate of Annam split from the dying Tang Empire in the tenth century, the border between China and Đại Việt has been a contested area, subject to conflict and negotiation. While Chinese armies repeatedly crossed the border to invade Đại Việt, Viet- namese occasionally staged preemptive strikes against Chinese garrisons. The most famous attack took place in 1075, when Lý Thường Kiệt led one hundred thousand men into a battle near Nanning that lasted forty days. However, the Chinese invasions, whether successful or not, often resulted in the cession of Vietnamese territory. Following his victory http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

S TORIES A N D HIS TORIES FRO M TH E C H I N A -VI E T NAM B O R D E R HUE-TAM HO TAI Harvard University In keeping with the mission of Cross-Currents, I have selected four articles for this issue whose common trait is their focus on the border between China and Vietnam. I am deliberately eschewing the term “borderland” to describe the area they cover, as one article, by Robert J. Antony, concerns life on the water and piracy. The other articles, however, fit neatly into the category of borderland studies. Ever since what had been the Protectorate of Annam split from the dying Tang Empire in the tenth century, the border between China and Đại Việt has been a contested area, subject to conflict and negotiation. While Chinese armies repeatedly crossed the border to invade Đại Việt, Viet- namese occasionally staged preemptive strikes against Chinese garrisons. The most famous attack took place in 1075, when Lý Thường Kiệt led one hundred thousand men into a battle near Nanning that lasted forty days. However, the Chinese invasions, whether successful or not, often resulted in the cession of Vietnamese territory. Following his victory

Journal

Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture ReviewUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 20, 2015

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