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Sources of Vietnamese Tradition


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A one-of-a-kind introduction to Vietnamese history, lending us an ear to Vietnamese voices that speak beyond revolution and war. The English flows smoothly-never an easy task, especially when working from literature and other forms of culture-bound discourse. An important contribution to teaching Vietnamese history. -- Charles Wheeler, University of Hong Kong An unprecedented anthology in scope and content. The selections are well chosen and succinctly introduced. The translations are highly scholarly and remarkably readable. This anthology will be very useful to students of Asian history and culture as well as to general readers. -- Ngo Vinh Long, University of Maine An essential research tool for anyone interested in Vietnamese history. The editors have done a marvelous job of locating, interpreting, and translating key documents written in a variety of languages. -- Hue-Tam Ho Tai, Harvard University

Table of Contents

Preface Chronology Chronicles and Other Historical Sources A Note on Reign Names and Dates Introduction Part I Premodern Vietnam 1. The Period of Northern Empire 2. The Ly, Tran, and Ho Epochs 3. The Le and Mac Epochs Part II Early Modern Vietnam 4. The Trinh-Nguyen Period 5. The Early Nguyen Dynasty Part III Modern Vietnam 6. The Colonial Era 7. The Independence Era Bibliography Index

About the Author

George E. Dutton is associate professor of Southeast Asian languages and cultures and vice chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on social movements, historiographical issues, and colonial culture and education, and he is the author of The Tay So'n Uprising: Society and Rebellion in Eighteenth-Century Vietnam. Jayne S. Werner is associate research scholar in the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University and professor emerita of political science at Long Island University. Her most recent book is Gender, Household, and State in Post-Revolutionary Vietnam. John K. Whitmore is research associate at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan, and a specialist on premodern Vietnamese and Southeast Asian history. He has taught at Yale University, the University of Virginia, and the University of California, Los Angeles.


[Sources of Vietnamese Tradition] will be indispensable for students interested in Vietnamese society and political theory... Essential. Choice This addition to the venerable Introduction to Asian Civilizations series marks a major step in the maturation of Vietnam Studies in the American academy. Foreign Affairs This is an excellent volume that fills a long-standing need for English-language translations of primary documents that cover the chronological breadth and diverse concerns of the Vietnamese past. Journal of Asian Studies The anthology furnishes a good sense of the structure of 'Vietnamese' history and is sure to function both as a formidable work of reference and a sound base for further exploration of the subject. -- A.V.M. Horton Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society

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