Nagapattinam	to Suvarnadwipa: Reflections on the Chola Naval Expeditions to Southeast	Asia

Nagapattinam to Suvarnadwipa: Reflections on the Chola Naval Expeditions to Southeast Asia

by Hermann Kulke

The expansion of the Cholas from their base in the Kaveri Delta saw this growing power subdue the kingdoms of southern India, as well as occupy Sri Lanka and the Maldives, by the early eleventh century. It was also during this period that the Cholas initiated links with Song China.
Concurrently, the Southeast Asian polity of Sriwijaya had, through its Sumatran and Malayan ports, come to occupy a key position in East-West maritime trade, requiring engagement with both Song China to the north and the Chola kingdom to its west. The apparently friendly relations pursued were, however, to be disrupted in 1025 by Chola naval expeditions against fourteen key port cities in Southeast Asia. This volume examines the background, course and effects of these expeditions, as well as the regional context of the events. It brings to light many aspects of this key period in Asian history.
Unprecedented in the degree of detail assigned to the story of the Chola expeditions, this volume is also unique in that it includes translations of the contemporary Tamil and Sanskrit inscriptions relating to Southeast Asia and of the Song dynasty Chinese texts relating to the Chola Kingdom.

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Preliminary pages
1. The Naval Expeditions of the Cholas in the Context of Asian History
2. Medieval Commercial Activities in the Indian Ocean as Revealed from Chinese Ceramic-sherds and South Indian and Sri Lankan Inscriptions
3. The Military Campaigns of Rajendra Chola and the Chola-Srivijaya-China Triangle
4. Rajendra Chola Is Naval Expedition to Southeast Asia: A Nautical Perspective
5. A Note on the Navy of the Chola State
6. Excavation at Gangaikondacholapuram, The Imperial Capital of Rajendra Chola, and Its Significance
7. New Perspectives on Nagapattinam: The Medieval Port City in the Context of Political, Religious, and Commercial Exchanges between South India, Southeast Asia and China
8. South Indian Merchant Guilds in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia
9. Anjuvannam: A Maritime Trade Guild of Medieval Times
10. Rajendra Cholas Naval Expedition and the Chola Trade with Southeast and East Asia
11. Cultural Implications of the Chola Maritime Fabric Trade with Southeast Asia
12. Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia during the Period of the Polonnaruva Kingdom
13. India and Southeast Asia: South Indian Cultural Links with Indonesia
14. Rajendra Cholas Invasion and the Rise of Airlangga
15. Rethinking Community: The Indic Carvings of Quanzhou
App I: Ancient and Medieval Tamil and Sanskrit Inscriptions Relating to Southeast Asia and China
App II: Chinese Texts Describing or Referring to the Chola Kingdom as Zhu-nian

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  • Number of Pages : 337
  • Publisher : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Weight : 550g
  • Product Code : 9789812309372
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

About Author

Hermann Kulke

Hermann Kulke is Professor Emeritus of Asian History, Kiel University, Germany.