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The Rebel Den of Nung Trí Cao: Loyalty and Identity along the…
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0295986891, Paperback)The Rebel Den of Nùng Trí Cao examines the rebellion of the eleventh-century Tai chieftain Nùng Trí Cao (ca. 1025-1055), whose struggle for independence along Vietnam’s mountainous northern frontier was a pivotal event in Sino-Vietnamese relations. Trí Cao’s revolt occurred during Vietnam’s earliest years of independence from China and would prove to be a vital test of the Vietnamese court’s ability to confront local political challenges and maintain harmony with its powerful northern neighbor. Trí Cao established his first kingdom in 1042, at the age of seventeen, but was captured by Vietnamese troops. After his release in 1048, he announced the founding of a second kingdom, but an attack by Vietnamese forces drove him to flee into Chinese territory. Trí Cao made his final attempt in 1052, proclaiming a new kingdom and leading thousands of his subjects in a revolt that swept across the South China coast. But within a year, Chinese imperial troops had forced him to flee to the nearest independent kingdom. Official Chinese and Vietnamese accounts of the rebel leader’s end vary: according to the Chinese, the ruler of the independent kingdom had Trí Cao executed, but in popular accounts, Trí Cao was granted safe passage into northern Thailand, where his descendants are said to flourish today. Scholar James Anderson places Trí Cao in context by exploring the Sino-Vietnamese tributary relationship and the conflicts that engaged both the Song and Vietnamese courts. The Rebel Den of Nùng Trí Cao reconstructs the series of negotiations that took place between border communities and representatives of the imperial courts, examining the ways in which Tai and other ethnic groups deftly navigated the unstable political situation that followed the demise of China’s cosmopolitan Tang dynasty. Though his rebellion was ill-fated, Trí Cao is, almost a thousand years later, still worshipped in temples along the Sino-Vietnamese border, and his memory provides a point of unity for people who have become separated by modern political boundaries.
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