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Edited by Ying Liu, Zhongping Chen and Gregory Blue

Zheng He’s Maritime Voyages (1405-1433) and China’s Relations with the Indian Ocean World: A Multilingual Bibliography provides a multidisciplinary guide to publications on this great navigator’s activities and their impact on Chinese and world history. Admiral Zheng He commanded the fifteenth-century world’s largest fleet. In the course of seven voyages made between 1405 and 1433, his massive ships visited over thirty present-day countries in Asia and Africa. Those voyages reflected and reinforced the development of complex networks of trade, migration, cultural exchange, and political interactions between China and the Indian Ocean world.
This bibliography lists sources in thirteen languages, including both scholarly studies and popular works like Gavin Menzies’s controversial bestsellers claiming the Chinese sailed around the world before Columbus. Relevant translations, transliterations and annotations are provided to aid the reader.

ABIA Online

Index of South and Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology

The ABIA ( Index on South and Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology) goes back to 1928 and is well-known among specialists as the only comprehensive and up-to-date standard bibliographic reference in the field, serving both students and scholars. The online version of the complete ABIA includes all twenty-three volumes of the Annual Bibliography of Indian Archaeology, and its successor the ABIA Index. The ABIA is updated on a quarterly basis and c. 9,000 new records are be added each year. This unique specialist academic in-depth bibliography is dedicated to South and Southeast Asian and covers the areas of: prehistory, archaeology of the historical period, art, crafts and architecture, inscriptions and palaeography, and coins and seals from the region. Through strong partnerships in Asia, the coverage includes unique references to literature published in the region, which is often very hard to identify and access. The ABIA Online presently cooperates with partner institutes in New Delhi (the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts) and Colombo ( The Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology) and is partly supported by the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and the Jan Gonda Fonds.