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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Foreword by Shashi Tharoor
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Message by M. V. Subbiah
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface by K. Kesavapany
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction by Hermann Kulke
  2. pp. xiii-xx
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  1. The Contributors
  2. pp. xxi-xxv
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  1. 1. The Naval Expeditions of the Cholas in the Context of Asian History
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 2. Medieval Commercial Activities in the Indian Ocean As Revealed from Chinese Ceramic-Sherds and South Indian and Sri Lankan Inscriptions
  2. pp. 20-60
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  1. 3. The Military Campaigns of Rajendra Chola and the Chola-Srivijaya-China Triangle
  2. pp. 61-75
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  1. 4. Rajendra Chola I’s Naval Expedition to Southeast Asia: A Nautical Perspective
  2. pp. 76-90
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  1. 5. A Note on the Navy of the Chola State
  2. pp. 91-95
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  1. 6. Excavation at Gangaikondacholapuram, the Imperial Capital of Rajendra Chola, and Its Significance
  2. pp. 96-101
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  1. 8. South Indian Merchant Guilds in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia
  2. pp. 135-157
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  1. 9. Anjuvannam: A Maritime Trade Guild of Medieval Times
  2. pp. 158-167
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  1. 10. Rajendra Chola’s Naval Expedition and the Chola Trade with Southeast and East Asia
  2. pp. 168-177
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  1. 11. Cultural Implications of the Chola Maritime Fabric Trade with Southeast Asia
  2. pp. 178-192
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  1. 12. Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia during the Period of the Polonnaruva Kingdom
  2. pp. 193-207
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  1. 13. India and Southeast Asia: South Indian Cultural Links with Indonesia
  2. pp. 208-226
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  1. 14. Rajendra Chola’s Invasion and the Rise of Airlangga
  2. pp. 227-239
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  1. 15. Rethinking Community: The Indic Carvings of Quanzhou
  2. pp. 240-270
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  1. Appendix I: Ancient and Medieval Tamil and Sanskrit Inscriptions Relating to Southeast Asia and China
  2. pp. 271-291
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  1. Appendix II: Chinese Texts Describing or Referring to the Chola Kingdom as Zhu-nian
  2. pp. 292-315
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-337
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789812309389
Related ISBN
9789812309372
MARC Record
OCLC
746746935
Pages
337
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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