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In Vietnam, Christopher Goscha tells the full history of Vietnam, from antiquity to the present day. Generations of emperors, rebels, priests, and colonizers left complicated legacies in this remarkable country. Periods of Chinese, French, and Japanese rule reshaped and modernized Vietnam, but so too did the colonial enterprises of the Vietnamese themselves as they extended their influence southward from the Red River Delta.
Over the centuries, numerous kingdoms, dynasties, and states have ruled over what is now Vietnam. Trinh and Nguyen military lords led competing states in the 17th century. French colonizers grouped Vietnam with Laos and Cambodia in an Indochinese Union, but governed Vietnam itself as three separate territorial units. The bloody Cold War-era and the American-backed Republic of Vietnam was only the most recent instance when war divided and transformed Vietnam.
A major achievement, Vietnam offers the grand narrative of the country's complex past and the creation of the modern state of Vietnam. At a time when more and more visitors come to Vietnam and Southeast Asia is again at the center of intense global rivalries, this is the definitive single-volume history for anyone seeking to understand Vietnam today.
©2016 Christopher Goscha (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

“A vigorous, eye-opening account of a country of great importance to the world, past and future." ( Kirkus)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Walt Mayfield on 02-17-18

interesting and thorough

I had no idea how complex the late 1970s were for Vietnam. The author clearly explains the global forces that came together to isolate Vietnam.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Brad on 03-05-18

The driest Vietnamese history book ever written

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The writing style is so boring I can hardly listen. What is this, a textbook ?

What was most disappointing about Christopher Goscha’s story?


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kirby Heyborne?

Hey, to tell you the truth, anyone. I still can't decide if this is text to voice software or an actual human reading the ook.

Could you see Vietnam being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Absolutely not, Ken Burns' book released the same year was a hell of a lot better and already got a PBS series. Go Ken.

Any additional comments?

Too ivory tower for the subject matter. Vietnamese history is gritty, gut wrenching, war torn, dramatic, spectacular, sorrowful, victoriuos, a success story in poverty, humorous at times and most of all - touching. This book is none of the above.

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