Beyond the Bronze Pillars

Beyond the Bronze Pillars

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Beyond the Bronze Pillars is an innovative and iconoclastic look at the politico-cultural relationship between Vietnam and China in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. Overturning the established view that historically the Vietnamese sought to maintain a separate cultural identity and engaged in tributary relations with the Middle Kingdom solely to avoid invasion, Liam Kelley shows how Vietnamese literati sought to unify their cultural practices with those in China while fully recognizing their country's political subservience. He does so by examining a body of writings known as Vietnamese envoy poetry. The various Vietnames kingdoms that existed during this period - the Le, the Tay Son, the Nguyen - regularly dispatched embassies to the Chinese capital to present tribute. The envoys who served on these missions often composed verse along the way, and many compiled collections of poetry upon their return home. Far from advocating their own cultural distinctiveness, these Vietnamese poets expressed a profound identification with what we would now call the Sinitic world and their political status as vassals in it. previously employed, Kelley provides startling insights into the premodern Vietnamese view of their world and its politico-cultural relationship with China.Beyond the Bronze Pillars is an innovative and iconoclastic look at the politico-cultural relationship between Vietnam and China in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries.


Title:Beyond the Bronze Pillars
Author: Liam C. Kelley
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press - 2005-01
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