• 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.
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.
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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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