Vietnam: A Global Studies Handbook (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, 2002 - History - 279 pages
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Beginning with a lengthy introduction to VietnaM's past, this book traces the historical context that serves as a foundation for the present-day society and culture of this Southeast Asian nation. Intended for nonspecialists and other Asian enthusiasts, this work gives readers a thorough understanding of this diverse, richly storied land. From VietnaM's indigenous dynasties to outside influences including Buddhism, Confucianism, Western imperialism, and the Chinese bureaucracy system, the long path to a Vietnamese identity is traced--one that showcases a people's resilience, creativity, and intense love of freedom. This volume includes translations of numerous primary documents. From the narrative sections on Vietnamese history and society to the A-Z format of significant people and events, "Vietnam: A Global Studies Handbook" brings Vietnam to life.

  

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Contents

Series Editors Foreword
Preface
Maps
NARRATIVE SECTION
Vietnams Geography and History
THE PHYSICAL AND HUMAN GEOGRAPHY OF VIETNAM
RICE AND SOCIETY
THE DIFFICULTIES IN VIETNAM TODAY
Central Committee
Vietnams Constitution
VIETNAMS ARMED FORCES
VIETNAMS EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM
Primary and Secondary Schools
Higher Education in Vietnam
Private Education in Vietnam
VIETNAMESE RELIGION

THE NAME VIETNAM
VIETNAM BEFORE CHINESE DOMINATION
THE CHINESE MILLENNIUM
VIETNAMS TRANSITION TO INDEPENDENCE
THE LY DYNASTY
THE TRAN DYNASTY
THE LE DYNASTY
THE TAY SON REBELLION
FRANCE RULES VIETNAM
VIETNAMESE NATIONALISM
THE VNQDD AND HO CHI MINH
WORLD WAR II AND VIETNAM
THE FIRST INDOCHINA WAR
THE SECOND INDOCHINA WAR
THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
Vietnams Economy
HISTORICAL CONTEXT
RECENT ECONOMIC INDICATORS
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL VIETNAM
INDUSTRY
VIETNAM AND FOREIGN AID
Vietnamese Institutions
VIETNAMESE POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
National Party Congress
Chinese Religious Influence
Buddhism in China
Religion and the SRV
Vietnamese Society and Contemporary Issues
WOMEN IN VIETNAMESE SOCIETY
AIDS AND DRUGS IN VIETNAM
A NEW GENERATION
SEX AND THE NEW GENERATION
THE VIET KIEU
CONCLUSION
REFERENCE MATERIALS
Key Events in Vietnamese History
Significant People Places and Events
Vietnamese Language Food Etiquette and Holidays
Names
Greetings
ETIQUETTE
HOLIDAYS
VietnamRelated Organizations
GOVERNMENTEMBASSY MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION
Annotated Bibliography of Recommended Works on Vietnam
Index
About the Author
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Woods was born in Southeast Asia and lived there for 15 years, growing up immersed in the various cultures and languages of Southeast Asia highlanders. In 1994 he received his PhD in Southeast Asia History from the University of California. He currently serves as Associate Professor of history and Associate Dean at Boise State University.

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