8th January 2012, 03:46 AM
Dear NOV - I kindly request you to delete this thread as Part - 5 which is now emptry as it "now appears as New Part 2"
Last edited by virarajendra; 5th February 2012 at 02:56 PM.
8th January 2012 03:46 AM
8th January 2012, 10:28 PM
9th January 2012, 02:24 AM
A book just came out on this topic. I haven't read it yet but it has been well-received:
Nagapattinam to Suvarnadwipa: reflections on Chola naval expeditions to Southeast Asia
Hermann Kulke, K. Kesavapany, Vijay Sakhuja, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
"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."
It might be more useful to consolidate discussion and share academic sources than to start so many multicolored threads on the subject.
9th January 2012, 08:37 AM
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