Jiaozhi, in present-day northern Vietnam, lay at the southern frontier of the Han Empire (206 BC-220 AD). A lack of textual records has long since hampered academic research on the region. Now, though, newly published Eastern Han (25 A.D.–220 A.D.) documents excavated at Changsha provide us with valuable historical evidence on Jiaozhi. One record shows that a number of Jiaozhi merchants engaged in long-distance grain trade in Changsha and were involved in a debt dispute with local residents. Most immediately, this document affords a rare, first-hand account of the lives and activities of ordinary Jiaozhi merchants. More broadly, it can help us to understand commercial interactions and migrations between Jiaozhi and other southern commanderies in the Eastern Han period.
About the speaker
Zhang Zhaoyang received his Ph.D. in History from University of California at Berkeley (2010). He is currently an Associate Professor in Shanghai Jiaotong University, P.R.C. He has published about thirty articles in leading academic journals and has conducted a number of important research projects. His research covers a broad range of interests, though most of his published works to date have focussed on early Chinese legal history.
Before the seminar
All attendees are invited to join us in the CIW Tea House from 3.30pm for an informal discussion with the guest speaker before the seminar.
The ANU China Seminar Series is supported by the China Institute and the Australian Centre on China in the World at The Australian National University’s College of Asia & the Pacific.