A History of the Vietnamese

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Cambridge University Press, May 9, 2013 - History - 696 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Pronunciation and spelling of Vietnamese names
12
Giao Province
29
A lesser empire
44
The Ly dynasty
51
Ly Phat Ma
64
Outbreak of the LySong War
77
D0 Anh Vu and To Hien Thanh
92
The Tran dynasty
108
The Le restoration
249
The south
265
Dao Duy Tu and southern mobilization
279
New leaders in an old war
295
Nguyen Phuc Tan Trinh Tac and the Nghe An campaign
307
Politics and government in the south
325
Misgovernment in the north 3 39
339
Trinh Doanh and the age of rebellion 3 5 5
355

eunuchs slaves dikes and war 12 1
121
Farewell to tattoos
137
Agrarian unrest Tran Hao and Nhat Le I 50
154
Ho Quy Ly
170
A new dynastic structure
187
Le Tu Thanh as teacher 20 5
205
Expanding the borders
218
Rise of the east
232
Resurgence of the Nguyen Phuc and decline of the Trinh
373
From Saigon to Dien Khanh
386
Literature
403
12
524
Bibliographic essay
627
Tables
649
Index
674
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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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