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4 - Local Agency, Multiculturalism, and Regional Responsiveness to Shifting Maritime Trading Patterns: A Comparative Study of Ayutthaya (Thailand) and Hoi An (Vietnam) in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Saturday, July 7
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Rudraksha, Lower Ground Floor

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Thai Ayutthaya and Nguyen-governed Hoi An were two of the most significant regional, interregional, and international ports-of-trade in Southeast Asia. They commonly attracted transient and semi-permanent multicultural populations who kept the ports supplied with valued and high-demand commodities and successfully participated in the marketing of goods as intermediaries in the expansive land and sea trade in the Indian Ocean Realm. In both cases, respective rulers participated in and supported their ports, and in return acquired trade-derived income that the rulers utilized to sustain his polity’s varied ambitions. In turn, rulers tried to control their nobles, religious leaders, and court-figures. This study is the first significant comparative study of these prominent Thai and Cham/Vietnamese ports-of-trade as they functioned within the larger and expanding Asian maritime trading world. Coastal and hinterland transitional social networks and external supply-chains sustained monarchs and their court elite against significant external interventions. In the face of new international maritime trade patterns, there were local redefinitions of port and downstream social space as this related to the expansive partnerships between monarchs and their mixed community supporters. The arrival of increasing numbers of multi-ethnic transient populations did pose ongoing challenges against long-term port-of-trade elite residents, who retained their privilege to dictate commodity flows and community actions during the eighteenth century. 

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