Item Details

Vietnam: A New History

Christopher Goscha
Format
Book
Published
New York : Basic Books, [2016]
Language
English
ISBN
9780465094363, 0465094368, 9780465094370
Summary
"Vietnam's role in one of the Cold War's longest-running conflicts has meant that its past has been endlessly abused. Popular accounts have cherry-picked from the Vietnamese past to tell politicized, American-centered stories--either reducing the story of Vietnam and the Vietnamese to a noble tradition of anticolonial resistance embodied by the communist leader Ho Chi Minh, or alternatively seeking to rehabilitate American allies by making similarly essentialist claims about "the Vietnamese" and their history. Now, over forty years after the end of the American war in Vietnam, the events which created the modern state of Vietnam can be seen in truly historical perspective. Christopher Goscha's Vietnam: A New History tells the story of this fascinating and complex country on its own terms, emphasizing the contingency that characterizes Vietnam's history and the diversity of its people, polities, geography, and experiences as both colonized and colonizers"--
Contents
  • The many different Vietnams
  • Northern configurations
  • A divided house and a French imperial meridian line?
  • Altered states
  • Rethinking Vietnams
  • The failure of colonial republicanism
  • Colonial society and economy
  • Contesting empire and nation-states
  • States of war
  • Internationalized states of war
  • A tale of two republics
  • Towards one Vietnam
  • Cultural change in the long twentieth century
  • The tragedy and the rise of modern Vietnam
  • Vietnam from beyond the Red river
  • Authoritarianism, republicanism, and political change.
Description
xiv, 553 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 463-519) and index.
Technical Details
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