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The Nguyen Weather-world – ASAA thesis prize winner

[ndlr] Prix de thèse australien 2018 sur l’Asie décerné à la chercheuse Kathryn Dyt. Présentation de son travail dans l’entretien en ligne signalé ci-dessous (extraits).

Dr Kathryn Dyt was awarded the 2018 John Legge Prize for best thesis in Asian Studies, here she tells us about her work.

Can you tell us a bit about your thesis. What’s the problem it explores and what did you find?

My thesis, The Nguyen Weather-world: Environment, Emotion and Governance in Nineteenth-Century Vietnam, is an environmental study of the Nguyen dynasty in Vietnam from 1802 to 1883, prior to French colonial rule. It explores how the Nguyen court organised itself in relation to the powerful, agentive and emotional ‘weather-world’ within which it was immersed. What I found is that the systems of governance at the Nguyen court have been approached from social and cultural perspectives, but ecological issues have been overlooked. Through situating the court within its environment, I was able to offer new perspectives on the nature of royal authority and power. The thesis shows how the environment related to the political structures of the court – for example, the ability to measure, divine and respond to climactic events was linked to court hierarchies. Nguyen emperors, I argue, consolidated their positions through displays of their superior weather knowledge and emotional interaction with the natural world.

How did you first become interested in this topic?

It was really through working on the material from the period. When I began to sift through the weighty tomes of the Nguyen court chronicles, I was surprised by the court’s copious documentation of a wide range of meteorological phenomena – not only ‘unusual’ and dramatic events such as storms, floods and droughts, but also a continuum of weather cycles and subtle seasonal changes in the natural world. This begged the question: What drove the Nguyen court to implement such a rigorous system of environmental information gathering? Previous histories of the period have tended to dismiss the court’s environmental reporting as unimportant, but I argue it provides compelling evidence that the environment was central to how the Nguyen understood, experienced and governed the world they were part of.

What was the most challenging aspect of doing this research?

Working with source material in different parts of the world in three different languages – Vietnamese, Chinese and French – was a real challenge. I had to conduct research in a number of different archives in Vietnam and France. The language of the Veritable Records (a major primary source for this period) is archaic and, at times, opaque and difficult to interpret, so I had to spend a lot of time reading and re-reading passages.

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Giáo sư Nguyễn Thế Anh : Theo dòng lịch sử [Tạp chí Xưa và Nay]

[ndlr] Présentation de l’ouvrage du professeur Nguyên Thê Anh, Directeur d’études émérite de l’EPHE dans le numéro 494 de la revue vietnamienne Tạp chí Xưa và Nay (4-2018), p. 54-55, recension de Nguyen Duy Long.

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Li Tana: Imperial Rice Transportation of Nguyen Vietnam – Singapore, 1 November 2017

[ndlr] Conférence de Li Tana.



Imperial Rice Transportation of Nguyen Vietnam


Date: Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Time: 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm

Venue: ISEAS Seminar Room 2

About the Lecture

In the first volume of his monumental work Strange Parallels: Southeast Asia in Global Context, Victor Lieberman compared three geographically-based regions of Mainland Southeast Asia, namely the western, the central and the eastern mainland. Lieberman saw coherence in the three regions in that they were all politically and culturally integrated as the result of a series of synchronised cycles between 1000 and 1830. The major difference between Vietnam and its two neighbouring regions, in Lieberman’s analysis, was that Vietnam’s integration was neither as complete or sustained at the same level as achieved by Burma and Siam, even as late as the 19th century Nguyen dynasty (from 1802). Instead of three sustained imperial integrations, he saw two and a fraction. Geography was an important factor. Vietnam lacked one dominant, integrating river system like the Irrawaddy (2170 km long) in Burma or Chao Phraya (372 km long) in Thailand. Yet it did have one geographical feature which might have played a compensatory role in integration, a 3260 km coast line. Moreover, early 19th century Vietnam had a long maritime tradition and a powerful navy, plus close commercial relations with southern China. Why did these potential positives fail to promote closer integration of the new state?

This seminar considers that question by focusing on one of the most important economic factors implicated in that failure, imperial rice transportation. This system formed a major cornerstone of Nguyen policy, but its practical costs and operational failures combined to ensure that Vietnam’s coastal sea lanes did not play a similar unifying role as the major river systems in Burma and Siam.

About the Speaker

Dr Tana Li is Visiting Senior Fellow at Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre and emeritus senior fellow at the College of Asia and Pacific Studies, the Australian National University. She works on maritime and environmental histories of Vietnam and southern China. Her works includes The Nguyen Cochinchina; Water Frontier: Commerce and the Chinese in the Lower Mekong Region, 1750-1880, and Gulf of Tongking Through History, among others. At the ISEAS, Li Tana is working on a manuscript of Maritime history of Vietnam. She is also leading an international collaborative project, “The Making of the Red River”, financially supported by the Chiang Chingkuo Foundation, Taiwan. This study of ecological history of the Greater Red River region is carried out by a team of historians, geologists, and GIS experts based in Austria, France, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

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Bradley Camp Davis : Imperial Bandits – Outlaws and Rebels in the China-Vietnam Borderlands

[ndlr] Ouvrage à paraître, présentation de l’éditeur.

BradleyCampDavis_ImperialBanditsThe Black Flags raided their way from southern China into northern Vietnam, competing during the second half of the nineteenth century against other armed migrants and uplands communities for the control of commerce, specifically opium, and natural resources, such as copper. At the edges of three empires (the Qing empire in China, the Vietnamese empire governed by the Nguyen dynasty, and, eventually, French Colonial Vietnam), the Black Flags and their rivals sustained networks of power and dominance through the framework of political regimes. This lively history demonstrates the plasticity of borderlines, the limits of imposed boundaries, and the flexible division between apolitical banditry and political rebellion in the borderlands of China and Vietnam.

Imperial Bandits contributes to the ongoing reassessment of borderland areas as frontiers for state expansion, showing that, as a setting for many forms of human activity, borderlands continue to exist well after the establishment of formal boundaries.

Bradley Camp Davis is assistant professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University.


Maritime trade on the Biển Ðông Sea (the South China Sea) in History – 10/11/2015

[ndlr] Annonce d’un séminaire à New York sur l’histoire du commerce en Mer de Chine méridionale.

New York (November 10th, 2015).

The Institute for Vietnamese Culture & Education ( IVCE) is pleased to announce a seminar on Maritime trade on the Biển Ðông Sea (the South China Sea) in History.

Topic I: Archaeological finds in the Biển Đông Sea (otherwise called the South China Sea), and historical documents found in the archives of Vietnam, Japan, China and Western countries reveal the important role of the Biển Đông Sea and Vietnam in the maritime trade network of the world between the Xth and the XXth centuries, especially in the Grand Commercial Era of world (XVIth to XVIIIth centuries). Vietnam is located on the vast western continental shelves running lengthwise along the Biển Đông Sea, where a series of harbors were convenient for the trade ships of international merchants to dock and do business since the XIth century. Vietnam also possessed and frequented several archipelagoes in the Biển Đông Sea, including the Paracels (quần đảo Hoàng Sa) and the Spratlys (quần đảo Trường Sa), that lie on these busy trade routes. Presented by Dr. Trần Đức Anh Sơn.

Topic II: State regulations on foreign maritime trade areas and merchants and state expeditions to archipelagos in the Biển Đông Sea (the South China Sea) under the various dynasties, from the Lý, Trần to the Lê and Nguyễn, in Vietnam (Xth to XXth centuries). The legal and general historical documents, such as: Đại Việt sử ký toàn thư [Complete Annals of Đại Việt], Khâm định Việt sử thông giám cương mục [Comprehensive Annals of Vietnam as Ordered by the King], Lê triều chiếu lệnh thiện chính [The Book on Good Government of the Lê Dynasty], Phủ biên tạp lục [Miscellaneous Chronicles of the Pacified Frontier] show how foreign trade areas were established and foreign merchants’ movements regulated. Besides promoting foreign trade, the State also made itself present in the Biển Đông Sea by launching state expeditions to the Paracels (quần đảo Hoàng Sa) and Spratlys (quần đảo Trường Sa) for salvage and asserting sovereignty. Presented by Dr. Tạ Văn Tài.

 TranDucAnhSon  Dr. Trần Đức Anh Sơn, Ph.D. in History (Vietnam National University in Hanoi, 2002) was awarded scholarships to study on museology, archaeology, history of art and management of cultural heritage in Japan, Korea and Germany. Dr. Trần Đức Anh Sơn is the author of several research books, including Blue and White porcelain of Huế – Some Academic Exchanges (ed.), Thuận Hóa in Huế 1997; Sino-Vietnamese Porcelain in the Nguyễn Period, Vietnam National University in Hanoi, 2008; Documents on Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Paracels, Văn hóa-Văn nghệ in HCMC, 2014; Ship and Shipbuilding in Vietnam in the Nguyễn Dynasty, Văn hóa-Văn nghệ in HCMC, 2014. He is currently a Vice-Director of Danang Institute for Socio-Economic Development and a Fulbright visiting scholar at Yale University.
 TaVanTai Dr. Ta Van Tai, Ph.D. (University of Virginia), LL.M. (Harvard Law School), was former professor of law and lawyer in South Vietnam prior to 1975, former research associate and lecturer at Harvard Law School, and is a practicing attorney in Massachusetts, USA. His publications include, among others, The Vietnamese Tradition of Human Rights, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California-Berkeley, 1988; with co-author Nguyen Ngoc Huy, The Lê Code: Law in Traditional Vietnam, 3 Vols., Ohio University Press, 1987; The Rule of Law in 19th Century Vietnam and China, Chapter in Histoire de la Codification Juridique au Vietnam, ed. by Bernard Durand et. al., Faculty of Law of Montpellier University, February 2001; U.S.-Vietnam Trade Agreement, Harvard Asia Quarterly, Winter 2001; with co-authors Thanh Trai and Sesto Vecchi, Doing Business in Vietnam, Vietnam Council on Foreign Relations, Saigon, Vietnam 1970 and 1974; Ethnic Minorities’ Rights in Old Vietnam in Vietnam Forum, Yale University, March 1984 and May 1985; Confucianism: Rule by Law and Rule of Law, The Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, co-sponsored by Vietnam and the Harvard-Yenching Institute, 2007; published also in the Vietnam Social Sciences Journal, Nos. 1 and 3, 2009. His awards include: Fulbright, then U.S. Agency for International Development, Asia Foundation, Ford Foundation and Aspen Institute. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America.

Place: Hamilton 309, Columbia University.
Time: Thursday, November 12th, 2015. 8.00 – 9.00pm: Seminar
9.00 – 9.30pm: Documentary on Maritime trade on the Biển Ðông Sea (South China Sea)
Contact: Ngoc Le-Cascarino,
Sponsor: Columbia VSA, Weatherhead East Asian Institute and IVCE.

Place: Terrace Room, Paige Hall, Tufts University.
Time: Friday, November 13th, 2015. 7 – 8pm: Seminar
8 – 8.30pm: Documentary on Maritime trade on the Biển Ðông Sea (South China Sea)
Contact: Trang Nguyen,
Sponsor: Tufts Vietnamese Students Club, Tufts International Relations Department and IVCE.

Source : VSG.

Image “à la une” : illustration de l’ouvrage : Trần, Đức Anh Sơn & Vũ, Hữu San, Ngành đóng thuyền và tàu thuyền ở Việt Nam thời Nguyễn : phụ lục đôi nét về hàng hải nước Việt xưa, TP. Hồ Chí Minh : Nhà xuất bản Văn hóa-văn nghệ, 2014.

Des documents sur la souveraineté nationale en Mer Orientale [Vietnam+]

[ndlr] La question des archipels vietnamiens dans les annales impériales de la dynastie des Nguyen. La bibliothèque de l’IAO (Fonds Langlet-Quach) possède la collection complète de cette précieuse réédition japonaise.


Le chercheur Hô Tan Phan vient de remettre au Comité national des frontières des documents sur la souveraineté nationale sur les deux archipels de Hoàng Sa (Paracel) et de Truong Sa (Spratly).

Il s’agit d’une copie du recueil “Dai Nam thuc luc” (Annales royales du Grand Viet Nam) de la dynastie des Nguyên (1802-1945), réédité par l’université japonaise de Keio. En effet, les annales originales sont des ouvrages xylographiques. Le “Dai Nam thuc luc” [大南寔錄] comprend plus de 550 livres totalisant près de 33.000 pages. Il a été élaboré par le Bureau d’historiographie qui, créé en 1820 sous le règne du roi Minh Mang, était chargé de la recherche, de la mise au point rédactionnelle, de la gravure et de l’impression des tablettes de la dynastie des Nguyen. De 1961 à 1981, l’université japonaise de Keio a étudié et photographié ces tablettes pour publier enfin une version de 20 tomes de plus de 8.000 pages.

HoTanPhanMr. Ho Tan Phan and the valuable document. © VietnamNet

Selon le chercheur Ho Tan Phan, ces annales historiques comprennent 13 parties sur l’étendue de la souveraineté du Vietnam concernant Hoàng Sa et Truong Sa. Il s’agit donc d’une solide preuve de la souveraineté vietnamienne sur ces deux archipels. -VNA

Source : Vietnam +, 07/06/2015.

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Image “à la une” : le Đại Nam thực lục en 20 volumes dans le Fonds Langlet-Quach © FG