Hanoi: Biography of a City

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UNSW Press, 2000 - Architecture - 304 pages
This text traces the history of the fabric of Hanoi from its origins 1000 years ago. It examines how the shape of the city reflects changing political, cultural and economic conditions over a millennium of intermittent warfare and waves of cultural change and migration. Drawing on his experience as heritage advisor, the author looks at the challenges facing those who seek to preserve the best features of Hanoi's architecture and streetscapes, while improving the living conditions of its residents.

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Honestly one of the best books I've ever read. It's out of print and hard to find, but is without a doubt my go to book for reference whenever I'm wandering the streets of Hanoi or trying to put together a piece on the Hanoi scene. Covers the cities history in it's entirety and really frames the city for a traveler or a scholar. An absolute treasure and a must read to understand the labyrinth that is Hanoi.  


Building a capital for French Indochina
Vietnamese resistance
Hanoi during the Vietnam War
Creating Hanois socialist face
Hanoi in the 1990s
Hanoi faces the new millennium

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