A History of Maritime Trade in Northern Vietnam, 12th to 18th Centuries――Archaeological Investigations in Vandon and Phohien

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This book analyzes the role of Đại Việt (Vietnam) in the maritime Asian trading network of the thirteenth through the eighteenth centuries as it systematically integrates the results of archaeological investigations.

The first half of the book consolidates reports from excavations conducted at Vân Đồn and Phố Hiến,trading ports of Đại Việt, incorporating sophisticated archaeological techniques distinctive of Japan in the presentations of the data. These are accompanied by precise scale drawings, detailed classifications, and quantitative analyses of unearthed artifacts.

The latter half of the book discusses the materials discovered in archaeological investigations, specifically ceramics and coins, in terms of the relations among sites and networks of production, distribution, and consumption, from a broader Asian geohistorical perspective. To this end, the diplomatic policies and trading activities of each era in Vietnam are discussed, integrating the results of archaeological investigations with studies of historical documents.

Expanding beyond Vietnam, results of the archaeological investigations in other maritime Asian countries, such as Japan, Indonesia, Laos, and the Philippines, are introduced, to inform a comparative study that combines all such data from both archaeology and history in a single volume as materials for broader discussion. This book is expected to contribute to international academic discourse on the history of maritime Asia and help open a new phase of scholarly endeavor in this field.


1. Introduction
2. Ceramic Production in Đại Việt
2.1 Ceramic Production Sites of the Lý Dynasty–Fourth Chinese Domination
2.2 Ceramic Production Sites of the Lê Dynasty
2.3 Summary
3 Archaeological Investigations in the Vân Đồn Region
3.1 The Trade Port of Vân Ðồn
3.2 Results of the Archaeological Investigations
3.3 Conclusion
4. Archaeological Investigation of Phố Hiến
4.1 Outline of Hưng Yên
4.2 Outline of the Archaeological Investigation in Phố Hiến
4.3 Artifacts
4.4 Summary
5. Trade from the Lý to Trần Dynasties
5.1 Lý Dynasty Ceramics: From Artifacts Found at the Thăng Long Citadel Sites
5.2 Trade During the Lý Dynasty
5.3 Ceramics Used at the Trần Dynasty Royal Palace
5.4 Trần Dynasty Ceramics Taken Overseas
5.5 Summary: Trần Dynasty Period, Early Stage of Trade
6. Trade of the Lê Dynasty Early Period
6.1 Ceramics Used at the Lê Dynasty Royal Palace
6.2 Lê Dynasty Early Period Ceramics Carried Overseas
6.3 Summary: Lê Dynasty Early Period, The Peak of Trade
7. Trade of the Lê Dynasty Warlord Period
7.1 Ceramics Used Under the Rule of the Trịnh Lords
7.2 Lê Dynasty Warlord Period Ceramics Transported Overseas
7.3 The Use of Coins in Northern Vietnam
7.4 Summary: Seventeenth-Century Trade Seen from Imported Goods
8. Conclusion
8.1 The Structure of the Port of Vân Ðồn
8.2 Vân Ðồn as a Stage for Entrepôt Trade
8.3 The Role of Vân Ðồn Port in the Lê Dynasty Early Period
8.4 Activities of Foreign Merchants and the Lê Dynasty’s Policy Toward Foreigners
8.5 Summary


Yuriko Kikuchi
A History of Maritime Trade in Northern Vietnam, 12th to 18th Centuries――Archaeological Investigations in Vandon and Phohien (Studies in Economic History)

Springer Singapore, 304pages, 2021.10, ISBN: 978-981-16-4633-1

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