Military Service Regime under Đại Việt Monarchies during 10th-15th Centuries


Lê Thùy Linh
Institute of History, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences


Compulsory military service regime, monarchy, Đại Việt, 10th-15th centuries


From 10th to 15th centuries, Đại Cồ Việt/Đại Việt gradually rose up, refusing to yield to any foreign forces. This was a testament to the outstanding maturity of the nation. There are many explanations for the victories of the dynasties, one being the military service regime. This policy contributed to strengthen national army so that it could mobilise and gather forces in both times of peace and war. This article studies military service regimes of the Ngô, Đinh, Early Lê, Lý, Trần, Hồ, and Later Lê Dynasties in: (i) regulations on age and physical condition of the recruits; (ii) recruitment time1; (iii) regulations on binding military service; (iv) organisation of military rank; (v) remuneration; (vi) regulations on mandarins tasked with recruiting soldiers; and (vii) various policies to support the military service regime. Characteristics and overview of military service under the Đại Việt monarchies in that period are discussed.

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