Against the background of a regional crisis caused by dynastic change in China and the closure of Japan in the middle of the seventeenth century, the Vietnamese kingdom of Tonkin rose to the fore as the major silk producing and exporting region in East Asia.
Based on a wealth of so far unused primary sources from the Dutch East India Company (VOC) archives, this monograph explains how Dutch and Chinese maritime traders played a critical role in Tonkin’s dramatic emergence as a trading power.
The author examines the vicissitudes in political relations, the varying trends in the VOC-Tonkin import and export trade, and the Dutch influence on the seventeenth-century Vietnamese feudal society.
Hoang Anh Tuan (1976) obtained his MA in Maritime Archaeology at Vietnam National University, Hanoi in 2001, and received his doctorate in History at Leiden University in 2006. He is a lecturer at the Department of History, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, where he teaches Vietnamese economic history and Asian-European encounters in the early modern period.
All those interested in Vietnamese history, the history of the Dutch East India Company, the history of early modern East- and Southeast Asia.