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Viet Nam; borderless histories.


Viet Nam; borderless histories.

Ed. by Nhung Tuyet Tran and Anthony Reid.

U. of Wisconsin Press


386 pages



New perspectives in Southeast Asian studies


The successful struggle of Vietnam to establish its national identity against the attempted domination of the Chinese, the French, and then the Americans now allows, suggest editors Tran (history, U. of Toronto, Canada) and Reid (director, Asia Research Institute, National U. of Singapore), a more nuanced historical look at Vietnam as a confluence of cultures and peoples. Such is the task taken up by the ten papers they present, which explore the influences of different ethno-religious groups within Indochina and outside forces on the construction of Vietnamese identity. Examples of topics addressed include the impact of Chinese gunpowder technology in the region, French law and daughters' inheritance rights in Vietnam, ethnic pluralities in the Mekong Delta, and the experiences of Vietnamese soldiers and workers in France during World War I.

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