Two Sisters Rebellion

Two Sisters’ Rebellion


a nationwide rebellion by the Lac Viets (the ancestors of the Vietnamese) in A.D. 40–43 against the Chinese Han dynasty. It was caused by the intensification of the assimilation of the Lac Viets and of the tax policy being conducted by the Han administration. Commune peasants were the principal driving force of the rebellion. It was led by two sisters of the Trung noble family: Trung Trac and Trung Nhi. In March 40, the Han troops were driven out of the country. Trung Trac became the monarch of an independent state. In 42–43, the Han Empire sent large military forces to the land of the Lac Viets and crushed the rebellion; the sisters Trung were killed in one of the battles in 43. The Two Sisters’ Rebellion and the numerous uprisings by the Lac Viet commune dwellers that followed it (in the second half of the first century and in the second century) compelled the Han authorities to abandon the policy of assimilating the Lac Viets.