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Contacts, Conquests, and Commerce: The Emergence of a Greater South China Sea Interaction Zone from 316 BCE – 1700 CE

When Aug 31, 2017 06:00 PM to
Sep 03, 2017 01:00 PM
Where Pennsylvania State University
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“Contacts, Conquests, and Commerce: The Emergence of a Greater South China Sea Interaction Zone from 316 BCE – 1700 CE,” features the seminal period of mass migrations from North China into the southern reaches of the then-frontier of the Sinitic-speaking world, the crystallization of Southeast Asian mainland states such as Angkor, Champa, Dai Viet, and the Thai kingdoms, as well as the primary presence of Islamic foreigners in the realms of maritime trade. This stretch of history witnesses the growth of premodern networks that bridged major South China Sea regions, as well as a growing diasporic movement of Sinitic-speaking peoples across the region, many of whom were involved in the ever-vital South China Sea trade.

Contacts, Conquests, and Commerce: The Emergence of a Greater South China Sea Interaction Zone from ~4000 BCE – 316 BCE