Readers may be interested in the webinar by Dr Jun Kimura of Tokai University on Monday, 12 October 2020 at 5 pm Tokyo time. The talk will cover the attempted Yuan invasion of Vietnam, leading to the Chinese defeat at the Battle of Bach Dang River. Webinar details in the link below.
The expansion of the Mongol Empire engulfed most of Eurasia by means of invincible military forces in the 13th century. In China, Kublai Khan, who is a grandson of Great Khan of Genghis and the fifth Mongolian Emperor, established the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 A.D.) Kublai Khan dispatched armies aboard fleets of ships in attempts to expand the empire’s hegemony and extend his rule into East Asia and Southeast Asia during his reign. There are two highly significant locations associated with the attempted Yuan invasions: waters offshore coast of Takashima Island in Japan and an area on the Bach Dang River in Vietnam These are places where historical naval battles are known to have taken place and archaeologically evidenced, in each case resulting from the defeat of the Yuan Dynasty’s fleets.