Việt Nam : a history from earliest times to the present


Việt Nam : a history from earliest times to the present

Ben Kiernan

Oxford University Press, c2017

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Viet Nam, a history from earliest times to the present

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Includes bibliographical references and index



This book narrates the history of the different peoples who have lived in the three major regions of Viet Nam over the past 3,000 years. It brings to life their relationships with these regions' landscapes, water resources, and climatic conditions, their changing cultures and religious traditions, and their interactions with their neighbors in China and Southeast Asia. Key themes include the dramatic impact of changing weather patterns from ancient to medieval and modern times, the central importance of riverine and maritime communications, ecological and economic transformations, and linguistic and literary changes. The country's long experience of regional diversity, multi-ethnic populations, and a multi-religious heritage that ranges from local spirit cults to the influences of Buddhism, Confucianism and Catholicism, makes for a vividly pluralistic narrative. The arcs of Vietnamese history include the rise and fall of different political formations, from chiefdoms to Chinese provinces, from independent kingdoms to divided regions, civil wars, French colonies, and modern republics. In the twentieth century anticolonial nationalism, the worldwide depression, Japanese occupation, a French attempt at reconquest, the traumatic American-Vietnamese war, and the 1975 communist victory all set the scene for the making of contemporary Viet Nam. Rapid economic growth in recent decades has transformed this one-party state into a global trading nation. Yet its rich history still casts a long shadow. Along with other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Viet Nam is now involved in a tense territorial standoff in the South China Sea, as a rival of China and a "partner" of the United States. If its independence and future geographical unity seem assured, Viet Nam's regional security and prospects for democracy remain clouded.


Abbreviations Note on Spelling Preface Introduction Part I: Chiefdoms Ch. 1 Water, Rice, and Bronze: Prehistoric Viet Nam Part II: Provinces Ch. 2 Calming the Waves: Imperial Conquest and Indigenization, 221 BCE-540 CE Ch. 3 Mountains and Rivers of the South: Annam and its Neighbors, 6th-10th Centuries Part III: Kingdoms Ch. 4 "Rice from the Sky": Assembling the Spirits of Dai Viet, 940-1340 Ch. 5 Smooth-Flowing Waters of Government: The Triumph of Confucianism, 1340-1570 Part IV: Regions Ch. 6 Contending Shogunates: Inner and Outer Regions, 1570-1770 Ch. 7 Alternative Unifications: Rebellion and Restoration, 1771-1859 Part V: Colonies Ch. 8 "World Trends" and French Conquest, 1860-1920 Ch. 9 Writing and Revolution from Colonialism to Independence, 1920-1954 Part VI: Republics Ch. 10 The American-Vietnamese War, 1954-1975 Ch. 11 The Making of Contemporary Viet Nam, 1975-2015 Epilogue Notes Index

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    • 9780195160765
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  • 出版地
    New York City
  • ページ数/冊数
    xvi, 621 p.
  • 大きさ
    25 cm
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