Vietnam

A New History

Author: Christopher Goscha

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465094376

Category: History

Page: 592

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A 2017 Cundill History Prize Finalist "Groundbreaking...Goscha has provided quite simply the finest, most readable single-volume history of Vietnam in English."--Guardian In Vietnam, Christopher Goscha tells the full history of Vietnam, from antiquity to the present day. Generations of emperors, rebels, priests, and colonizers left complicated legacies in this remarkable country. Periods of Chinese, French, and Japanese rule reshaped and modernized Vietnam, but so too did the colonial enterprises of the Vietnamese themselves as they extended their influence southward from the Red River Delta. Over the centuries, numerous kingdoms, dynasties, and states have ruled over--and fought for--what is now Vietnam. The bloody Cold War-era conflict between Ho Chi Minh's communist-backed Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the American-backed Republic of Vietnam was only the most recent instance when war divided and transformed Vietnam. A major achievement, Vietnam offers the grand narrative of the country's complex past and the creation of the modern state of Vietnam. It is the definitive single-volume history for anyone seeking to understand Vietnam today.
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Vietnam

A History

Author: Stanley Karnow

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 071265965X

Category: United States

Page: 768

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This monumental narrative clarifies, analyses and demystifies the terrible ordeal of the Vietnam war. Free of ideological bias, profound in its understanding and compassionate in its portrayal of humanity, it is filled with fresh revelations drawn from secret documents and from exclusive interviews with the participants - French, American, Vietnamese, Chinese: diplomats, military commanders, high government officials, journalists, nurses, workers and soldiers. The Vietnam war was the most convulsive tragedy of recent times. This is its definitive history.
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VIETNAM: A HISTORY

Author: Stanley Karnow

Publisher: JA KUBU

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 766

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“This is history writing at its best.” —Chicago Sun-Times This monumental narrative clarifies, analyzes, and de-mystifies the tragic ordeal of the Vietnam war. Free of ideological bias, profound in its understanding, and compassionate in its human portrayals, it is filled with fresh revelations drawn from secret documents and from exclusive interviews with the participants—French, American, Vietnamese, Chinese; diplomats, military commanders, high government officials; journalists, nurses, workers, soldiers. Vietnam: A History puts events and decisions into such sharp focus that we come to understand—and make peace with— a convulsive epoch of our recent history. “Even those of us who think we know something about it will read with fascination.” — The New York Times “History at its best... a saga abrim with plots and counterplots and political and religious intrigues—all set on a global stage and played by an amazing cast of characters.” —Colin Leinster, Business Week “His is a rich and unusual mixture; he has the master reporter’s eye for meaningful detail, an ear for the memorable quote, and he works hard to give the Indochina epoch a historian’s perspective.” —Los Angeles Times “Monumental . . . may well become the authoritative history” —Washington Post Book World “The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and balanced account we have of the Vietnam War” —Boston Globe “Mr. Karnow writes a detailed, trustworthy study of the more than 30 years of efforts to defeat Ho Chi Minh and his comrades.” —Kansas City Star
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Vietnam and America

A Documented History

Author: Marvin E. Gettleman,Jane Franklin,Marilyn B. Young,H. Bruce Franklin

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802133625

Category: History

Page: 560

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No single event since World War II has marked this country s foreign policy and national image as deeply as did the war in Vietnam. Vietnam and America is a complete history of the war, as documented in essays by leading experts and in original source material. With generous selections from the documentary records, the book dispels distortions and illuminates in depth the many facets of the war, from Vietnam s history before the war, to Washington s insider policy making, to troop perspectives, to the impact back on the home front. In essays introducing each major stage of the war, the editors elucidate the issues, foreign policy choices, and consequences of U.S. involvement. Substantial headnotes put each document in historical perspective. This comprehensive anthology is an invaluable reference for anyone who wants to understand the Vietnam War."
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Catholic Vietnam

A Church from Empire to Nation

Author: Charles Keith

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520953827

Category: History

Page: 333

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In this important new study, Charles Keith explores the complex position of the Catholic Church in modern Vietnamese history. By demonstrating how French colonial rule allowed for the transformation of Catholic missions in Vietnam into broad and powerful economic and institutional structures, Keith discovers the ways race defined ecclesiastical and cultural prestige and control of resources and institutional authority. This, along with colonial rule itself, created a culture of religious life in which relationships between Vietnamese Catholics and European missionaries were less equal and more fractious than ever before. However, the colonial era also brought unprecedented ties between Vietnam and the transnational institutions and culture of global Catholicism, as Vatican reforms to create an independent national Church helped Vietnamese Catholics to reimagine and redefine their relationships to both missionary Catholicism and to colonial rule itself. Much like the myriad revolutionary ideologies and struggles in the name of the Vietnamese nation, this revolution in Vietnamese Catholic life was ultimately ambiguous, even contradictory: it established the foundations for an independent national Church, but it also polarized the place of the new Church in post-colonial Vietnamese politics and society and produced deep divisions between Vietnamese Catholics themselves.
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The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam

Author: Christopher Goscha

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141047010

Category:

Page: 672

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Over the centuries the Vietnamese have been both colonizers themselves and the victims of colonization by others. Their country expanded, shrunk, split and sometimes disappeared, often under circumstances far beyond their control. Despite these often overwhelming pressures, Vietnam has survived as one of Asia's most striking and complex cultures. As more and more visitors come to this extraordinary country, there has been for some years a need for a major history - a book which allows the outsider to understand the many layers left by earlier emperors, rebels, priests and colonizers. Christopher Goscha's new work amply fills this role. Drawing on a lifetime of thinking about Indo-China, he has created a narrative which is consistently seen from 'inside' Vietnam but never loses sight of the connections to the 'outside'. As wave after wave of invaders - whether Chinese, French, Japanese or American - have been ultimately expelled, we see the terrible cost to the Vietnamese themselves. Vietnam's role in one of the Cold War's longest conflicts has meant that its past has been endlessly abused for propaganda purposes and it is perhaps only now that the events which created the modern state can be seen from a truly historical perspective. Christopher Goscha draws on the latest research and discoveries in Vietnamese, French and English. His book is a major achievement, describing both the grand narrative of Vietnam's story but also the byways, curiosities, differences, cultures and peoples that have done so much over the centuries to define the many versions of Vietnam.
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Vietnam and the West

New Approaches

Author: Wynn Wilcox

Publisher: SEAP Publications

ISBN: 0877277826

Category: History

Page: 210

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Early studies of Vietnam's relationship with the West tended to focus on the country's political and military responses to the aggressions of foreign powers, such as those marking the French colonial period (1862–1954) and the U.S.-Vietnam war. The nine essays in this volume take a different approach. Rather than assuming a clash between Vietnamese and Western civilizations, they examine the ways in which the Vietnamese have reformulated conceptions of the West within their own cultural context. In essays examining Catholicism, medicine, literature, gender relations, labor unions, the "third force," Agent Orange, and contemporary water rights, the contributors show how the Vietnamese have adapted and integrated Western ideas from the sixteenth century onward. Drawing on in-depth fieldwork and archival research in Vietnam, France, and the United Atates, the essays in this volume explore interactions between Vietnam and the West that have spanned many generations and shaped Vietnamese responses to the wars of the twentieth century. This volume illuminates the complex historical background of the region's colonial and postcolonial conflicts by avoiding Eurocentric assumptions about the “Vietnamese response” or “Vietnamese modernization,” while retaining a concern for the centrality of indigenous identities and culture. Vietnam and the West revises our understanding of the reasons for the tragic conflicts in twentieth-century Vietnam.
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The Vietnam War

Vietnamese and American Perspectives

Author: Jayne Susan Werner,Luu Doan Huynh

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

ISBN: 9780765638632

Category: History

Page: N.A

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In addition to Jayne Werner and Luu Doan Huynh, the contributors are Mark Bradley, William Duiker, David Elliott, Kristin Pelzer, George Vickers, James Harrison, George Herring, Ronald Spector, Paul Joseph, Jeffrey Clarke, Ngo Vinh Long, Benedict Kiernan, Marilyn Young, David Hung, Keith Taylor, and Tran Van Tra.
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Imagining Vietnam and America

The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, 1919-1950

Author: Mark Bradley

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807848616

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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In this study of the encounter between Vietnam and the United States from 1919 to 1950, Mark Bradley fundamentally reconceptualizes the origins of the Cold War in Vietnam and the place of postcolonial Vietnam in the history of the twentieth century. Among the first Americans granted a visa to undertake research in Vietnam since the war, Bradley draws on newly available Vietnamese-language primary sources and interviews as well as archival materials from France, Great Britain, and the United States. Bradley uses these sources to reveal an imagined America that occupied a central place in Vietnamese political discourse, symbolizing the qualities that revolutionaries believed were critical for reshaping their society. American policymakers, he argues, articulated their own imagined Vietnam, a deprecating vision informed by the conviction that the country should be remade in America's image. Contrary to other historians, who focus on the Soviet-American rivalry and ignore the policies and perceptions of Vietnamese actors, Bradley contends that the global discourse and practices of colonialism, race, modernism, and postcolonial state-making were profoundly implicated in_and ultimately transcended_the dynamics of the Cold War in shaping Vietnamese-American relations.
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