The Nguyen Weather-World: Environment, Emotion and Governance in Nineteenth-Century Vietnam

Kathryn Dyt
The environment was a major preoccupation of the Nguyen court in nineteenth-century Vietnam. The court devoted considerable time and resources to observing, measuring and recording the weather – including the formations in the sky, the seasons, wind and rain – and changes in the waterways and terrain of the land. According to Nguyen conceptualisations of nature and Heaven, everything in the cosmos was subject to the elemental flows of khí, the vital energy moving through...
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