Political and Cultural History of Vietnam

History 111C

Spring 2013
Day & Time: 
TuTh 930-11A

This course provides an introduction to Vietnamese history from the mythic origins of the Vietnamese people to the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. Special emphasis will be placed on "modern" developments from the late 18th century. Topics include Sino-Vietnamese political and cultural relations; the status of Vietnamese women; the history of Vietnamese Buddhism, Confucianism and Catholicism; the rise and fall of the Ly, Tran, Ho, and Le dynasties; the Nguyen/Trinh Wars and the origins of Southern Vietnam; the Tay Son Rebellion; the emergence of the Nguyen Dynasty, French imperialism and colonial conquest; the development of colonial capitalism; the growth of anti-colonialism, radicalism, nationalism, and communism; World War II and Japanese Occupation; the August Revolution; the first Indochina War, Dien Bien Phu and the Geneva Accords; the formation of separate post-colonial states in northern and southern Vietnam; American Intervention and the Second Indochina War. Readings will be drawn from a range of secondary scholarship and primary historical documents as well as from literature, memoirs and poetry.

Course Books

The Vietnam War by Mark Lawrence Oxford. ISBN: 978-0199753932 Required
Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong Morrow. ISBN: 978-0060505592 Required
Indochina by Brocheux & Hemery California. ISBN: 978-0520269743 Required
War Comes to Long An by Jeffrey Race California. ISBN: 978-0520260177 Required
Nguyen Cochinchina by Li Tana Cornell SEAP. ISBN: 978-0877277224 Required
Tale of Kieu by Nguyen Du Yale University Press. ISBN: 978-0300040517 Required
Dumb Luck by Peter Zinoman (ed) Michigan. ISBN: 978-0472068043 Required