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A History of the Vietnamese

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  • Date Published: June 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521699150

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  • The history of Vietnam prior to the nineteenth century is rarely examined in any detail. In this groundbreaking work, K. W. Taylor takes up this challenge, addressing a wide array of topics from the earliest times to the present day – including language, literature, religion and warfare – and themes – including Sino-Vietnamese relations, the interactions of the peoples of different regions within the country, and the various forms of government adopted by Vietnam throughout its history. A History of the Vietnamese is based on primary source materials, combining a comprehensive narrative with an analysis which endeavours to see the Vietnamese past through the eyes of those who lived it. Taylor questions long-standing stereotypes and clichés about Vietnam, drawing attention to sharp discontinuities in Vietnam's past. Fluently written and accessible to all readers, this highly original contribution to the study of South-East Asia is a landmark text for all students and scholars of Vietnam.

    • The first history of Vietnam to examine in detail events prior to the nineteenth century
    • Based entirely on primary source material and the most up-to-date scholarship
    • Exposes as myths many ideas that pervade popular ideas about Vietnamese history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book is a landmark in scholarship, the product of Keith Taylor's four decades of intensive and prolonged engagement with Vietnam. There is no other book quite like it: it is the most authoritative work yet written on the full sweep of Vietnamese history. In these pages, stories from this past - whether of cannibals or kings, eunuchs or slaves, queen regents or revolutionaries - are woven into a rich historical account of the Vietnamese past. A magisterial achievement.' Shawn McHale, George Washington University

    'Elegant, erudite and stunningly comprehensive, A History of the Vietnamese is, by a wide margin, the finest general survey of Vietnamese history ever produced in any language.' Peter Zinoman, University of California, Berkeley

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521699150
    • length: 714 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 173 x 34 mm
    • weight: 1.44kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 11 maps 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The provincial era
    2. The Ly dynasty
    3. The Tran dynasty
    4. The Le dynasty
    5. The beginning of inter-regional warfare
    6. The Fifty Years War
    7. The south and the north diverge
    8. The Thirty Years War
    9. The Nguyen dynasty
    10. The French conquest
    11. Franco-Vietnamese colonial relations
    12. Indochina at war
    13. From two countries to one
    Bibliographic essay

  • Author

    K. W. Taylor, Cornell University, New York
    K. W. Taylor is a professor in the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University, New York. His career began in the US Army, where he was deployed in the US-Vietnam war. He has now been researching Vietnam for nearly forty years, and his work has made a fundamental contribution to the development of the field.

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