Saigon: A History

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McFarland, Aug 31, 2011 - History - 307 pages
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Saigon (since 1976, officially Hồ Chí Minh City but widely still referred to as Saigon) is the largest metropolitan area in modern Vietnam and has long been the country’s economic engine. This is the city’s complete history, from its humble beginnings as a Khmer village in the swampy Mekong delta to its emergence as a major political, economic and cultural hub. The city’s many transitions through the hands of the Chams, Khmers, Vietnamese, Chinese, French, Japanese, Americans, nationalists and communists are examined in detail, as well as the Saigon-led resistance to collectivization and the city’s central role in Vietnam’s perestroika-like economic reforms.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
1 The Riverine Trading Post 16981777
7
2 Gia ĐịnhSaigon the Royal Capital 17771802
28
3 Saigon Under the Warlords 18021835
46
4 Colonial Saigon 18581920
59
5 Saigon Through World War II 19201945
88
6 Saigon Under Bảo Đại 19451954
110
7 Saigon Under the Ngos 19541963
125
10 Red Saigon 19751988
192
11 Resurgent Saigon 19882010
223
12 The Little Saigons
249
Epilogue
257
Appendix
263
Chapter Notes
265
Bibliography
291
Index
297

8 American Saigon
145
9 Saigon and the Generals 19671975
158

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About the author (2011)

Nghia M. Vo, a Vietnamese-American, has written multiple books on Vietnamese culture. He helped found the nonprofit Saigon Arts, Culture & Education Institute and works to document Vietnamese-American culture through conferences, publications and a website.

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