World History for Us All Bridging World History The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Big Era 5: 300 - 1500 CE Unit 8: Early Economies
Unit 10: Connections
Across Water
World Regions: 1000-1400 A.D.
World Regions: 1400-1600 A.D.
End of Chinese Rule over Viêt Regions; Ascendance of Ly and Tran Dynasties

Vietnam [Asia Society]
"A short essay on Vietnam's geopolitical history, from pre-civilization times to the 20th century."

Vietnam: What's in a Name? [Asia Society]
A short essay about the "many names and identities" Vietnam has had over the centuries.

History of Vietnam: Vietnamese Independence (950-1859) [Windows on Asia, Michigan State University]
"From the 11th to 13th centuries, the independence of the Vietnamese Kingdom (Dai Viet) was consolidated under the emperors of the Ly Dynasty, founded by Ly Thai To in 1009. The emperors of this dynasty reorganized the administrative system, founded the nation's first university (The Temple of Literature in Hanoi), promoted agriculture and built the first embankments for flood control along the Red River."

Primary Source w/DBQs Excerpts from the "Text of the Stone Inscription for the Duke of Ly, the Thai Uy of Cu Viet Kingdom (Do Anh Vu)" [PDF] [Asia for Educators]
The Ly monarchy of Dai Viet developed strongly through the eleventh and twelfth centuries. After three strong Ly kings, power devolved to queen mothers, their kin, and strong court ministers. In the middle of the twelfth century, that minister was Do Anh Vu (1114-1159). Here an inscription carved in stone tells of his rise to power in the royal court and his valued government service inside the land and against its rivals.

Southeast Asia, 1000-1400 A.D. [Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art]
"The Khmer capital at Angkor is the center of a powerful, opulent empire that includes most of continental Southeast Asia. The Angkor period is noted for the vast number of breathtaking monuments constructed from the late ninth to the thirteenth century." With a period overview, list of key events, and nine related artworks.

See Michigan State University's Windows on Asia for more on the history of other Southeast Asian countries, including Cambodia, Thailand, and Indonesia.

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Religious Poetry of Tran king Minh Tong (1300-1357)

Primary Source w/DBQs "A Chant on the Mustard Hut," by Tran Minh Tong [PDF] [Asia for Educators]
The Tran ruler Minh Tong (1300-1357; r. 1314-1329) was a follower of Thien (Zen) Buddhism, and his poetry reflects both the beliefs held and the efforts at consolidating his realm with its orthodoxy.

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