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Kelley: Beyond the Bronze Pillars
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 ...more
Hardcover, 267 pages
Published February 9th 2005 by University of Hawaii Press
(first published February 2005)
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Using the poetry written by Vietnamese envoys to Chinese imperial courts, Kelley illustrates a thousand years of diplomatic exchange, including feelings of homesickness, the maintenance of a zone of "manifest civility" and the ambivalent relationship between the powerful center and vassal periphery.