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Vietnam, an illustrated history
Woods, L. Shelton.
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New York : Hippocrene Books, [2002]

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xi, 172 pages : illustrations, maps ; 18 cm
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Includes index.
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DS556.5 .W66 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Complemented by more than 50 illustrations, this volume offers a panoramic view of Vietnam and its people. Its recounting of the story of Vietnam begins more than two thousand years ago, and progresses onward to the twenty-first century. Examining the major political, military, and social developments that have shaped Vietnam, it represents the perfect introduction to this vital country. Tragic and heroic-these two words capture the essence of Vietnam's history. These terms are consciously placed in sequence because no matter what difficulties Vietnam faces, there is a triumph in its people that transcends immediate troubles. The Vietnamese, a people historically dominated at various points by imperialist nations including China, Japan, France, and the United States, have never lost their identity. That alone is a remarkable feat, and a testament to the rich and deep culture that pervades Vietnamese society.

Author Notes

Dr. Shelton Woods was born and raised in Southeast Asia. He received his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History from the University of California, Los Angeles, and serves as Associate Professor of East/Southeast Asian History at Boise State University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introductionp. xi
Vietnam's Geographyp. 1
Vietnam Before Chinese Dominationp. 7
Lac Long Quanp. 7
Heaven, Earth, and Humanityp. 8
Rice Culturep. 9
Qin China (221-206 B.C.)p. 10
The Chinese Millennium (111 B.C.-939 A.D.)p. 15
The Shaping of Vietnam's Worldp. 15
Confucianism as a Worldviewp. 15
Daoism as a Worldviewp. 18
Buddhism as a Worldviewp. 21
Scholars and a Chinese-Style Bureaucracyp. 25
China's Sweet and Sour Rule in Vietnamp. 27
The Persistence of Vietnamese Culturep. 29
Language in Vietnamp. 30
The Role of Women in Vietnamp. 30
Vietnam's Transition To Independencep. 35
The Battle of Bach Dang River (938)p. 35
Dinh Bo Linh (r. 965-979)p. 36
The Ly Dynasty (1009-1225)p. 39
The Deva-Rajap. 39
Ly Thai To (r. 1010-1028)p. 40
Ly Phat Ma (r. 1028-1054)p. 42
Ly Thanh Tong (r. 1054-1072)p. 43
Ly Can Duc (r. 1072-1127)p. 43
The Tran Dynasty (1225-1400)p. 43
Three Changes in Court Policiesp. 44
Foreign Concerns During the Tran Dynastyp. 46
Le Loi and the Le Dynasty (1428-1788)p. 49
Le Thanh Tong (1441-1497)p. 51
Division at the Courtp. 52
Western Presence in Vietnamp. 59
Silk and Spicesp. 59
The Jesuits in Vietnamp. 60
Alexandre de Rhodes (1591-1660)p. 62
Internal Decayp. 64
The Tay Son Revolt (1771)p. 65
The Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1954)p. 69
Nguyen Anh (1761-1820)p. 69
Pierre Joseph Pigneau de Behaine (1744-1798)p. 69
The Reign of Gia Long (1802-1820)p. 71
Minh Mang (r. 1820-1841)p. 74
French Pressure in Vietnamp. 76
Tu Duc (r. 1847-1883)p. 78
The Unequal Treatiesp. 82
Vietnamese Nationalismp. 89
Phan Boi Chau (1867-1940)p. 89
Phan Chu Trinh (1872-1926)p. 94
Cochinchina and Nationalismp. 95
Nguyen Thai Hoc and the VNQDDp. 97
Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnamese Communist Partyp. 98
World War II and Vietnamp. 103
The Founding of the Vietminhp. 104
The Japanese Occupation of Vietnam (1941-1945)p. 105
The Democractic Republic of Vietnam (1945-1975)p. 109
The Founding of the DRVp. 109
The Southern Resistancep. 110
The Northern Invasionp. 112
The First Indochina War (1946-1954)p. 114
Dien Bien Phu (1954)p. 118
The Geneva Accordsp. 121
The Second Indochina War (1965-1973)p. 122
President Ngo Dinh Diem (1901-1963)p. 124
Increased U.S. Involvementp. 126
President Johnson and the Tonkin Gulf Incident (1964)p. 129
The Devastation of Warp. 131
The Tet Offensive (1968)p. 136
President Nixon and the Peace Talksp. 139
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam (1976)p. 143
Growing Painsp. 143
The Vietnamese-Cambodian War (1975-1989)p. 146
The Doi Moi Experiment (1986)p. 150
A Tale of Two Artistsp. 156
Van Cao (1923-1994)p. 157
Tran Tienp. 159
The Education System in Vietnamp. 160
Conclusionp. 164
Indexp. 165