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Internet Guide for Chinese Studies Newsletter
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31 May 2005, reviewed by Hanno E. Lecher

New in IGCS - History - Overseas Chinese:

Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu: an open access resource

Ed./Corp.: Geoff Wade, Asia Research Institute and the Singapore E-Press,
National University of Singapore, Singapore.
URL: http://www.epress.nus.edu.sg/msl/
Language: English.

Self description: "The Ming Shi-lu (also known as the Veritable Records of
the Ming Dynasty) is a collective name for the successive reign annals of
the emperors of Ming China (1368-1644). [...] Among the unique materials
contained within the Ming Shi-lu (MSL) are a wide range of references to
polities and societies which today we consider to be parts of 'Southeast
Asia'. Given the annalistic nature of the MSL and the difficulties of
searching such a huge corpus, many of these have long remained unknown. This
work identifies all of the references to Southeast Asia contained within the
MSL and provides them to readers in English-language translation. In
addition to the more obvious Southeast Asian polities of maritime and
mainland Southeast Asia, this database also includes references to the many
Yunnan Tai polities which have subsequently been incorporated within the
Chinese state. The fact that many of these references predate European
sources on Southeast Asia underlines their importance to historians of the
region. The collection can be browsed chronologically by Western date or by
reign date, or searched by specific terms. To assist in searches, an index
of personal and place names, with their Chinese equivalents appended, is
provided separately." 

Site contents: (1) About this source; (2) Browse by year; (3) Browse by
reign; (4) Search for place names; (5) Seafch for personal names; (6)
Comments page; (7) Newsletter signup page.
Resource suggested via Asian Studies WWW Monitor (15 Apr 2005) by Geoff
Wade, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Resource suggested via Asian Studies WWW Monitor (15 Apr 2005) by Geoff
Wade, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

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With kind regards,

Hanno E. Lecher

INTERNET GUIDE FOR CHINESE STUDIES -- editor
http://www.sino.uni-heidelberg.de/igcs/

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