Viet Nam: A History from Earliest Times to the Present

In his sweeping account, Ben Kiernan gives readers the rich tapestry and history of the people have inhabited the land now known as Viet Nam over the past three thousand years.One of best books written about Vietnam

In his sweeping account, Ben Kiernan gives readers the rich tapestry and history of the people have inhabited the land now known as Viet Nam over the past three thousand years.In addition to dramatic political transformations, the region has been shaped by its environment, changing climate, and the critical importance of water, with rivers, deltas, and a long coastline facilitating agricultural patterns, trade, and communications.

 

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Rich history for the past 3,000 years

For many Westerners, the name Vietnam evokes images of a bloody televised American war. That war generated a firestorm of protest and brought conflict into American living rooms. In his sweeping account, Ben Kiernan broadens this vision. He tells the rich history of the peoples who have inhabited the land now known as Viet Nam over the past three thousand years.

Despite the tragedies of the American-Vietnamese conflict, Viet Nam has always been much more than a war. Its long history had been characterized by the frequent rise and fall of different political formations. The history ranges from ancient chiefdoms to imperial provinces, from independent kingdoms to divided regions, civil wars, French colonies, and modern republics. The region has also been shaped by its environment, changing climate, and the critical importance of water, with rivers, deltas, and a long coastline facilitating agricultural patterns, trade, and communications.

Multi-ethnic strands of history

Kiernan weaves together the many narrative strands of Viet Nam’s multi-ethnic populations, including the Chams, Khmers, and Vietnamese. And he shares  its multi-religious heritage, from local spirit cults to Buddhism, Confucianism, and Catholicism. He emphasizes the peoples’ interactions over the millennia with foreigners, particularly their neighbors in China and Southeast Asia, in engagements ranging from military conflict to linguistic and cultural influences. He sets the tumultuous modern period–marked by French and Japanese occupation, anticolonial nationalism, the American-Vietnamese war, and communist victory–against the continuities evident in the deeper history of the people’s relationships with the lands where they have lived. In contemporary times, he explores this one-party state’s transformation into a global trading nation, the country’s tense diplomatic relationship with China and developing partnership with the United States in maintaining Southeast Asia’s regional security, and its uncertain prospects for democracy.

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Genre: Non-fiction
Tags: Recommended Books, Vietnam Books
ASIN: B06WV7FGWV
ISBN: 0195160762
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