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Vietnam’s History

From pre-history to the WTO   Vietnam’s history is complicated – a minestrone of kingdoms and dynasties, invasions and resistance, independence and occupation. Information books and potted histories that attempt a chronological synopsis of the 500,000 years since the first human habitation of Vietnam usually find you as an impenetrable mêlée of names and dates. ...

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French Colonialism

The French enter Vietnam   Vietnam’s first encounter with the French was in the eighteenth century, initially by missionaries, but later militarily when Pigneau de Behaine, the Bishop of Adran, recruited a force to help Nguyen Anh to capture Hanoi, unify the country and, as Emperor Gia Lengthy, to usher in the highly effective Nguyen ...

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A Communal Society

Combining Confucianism with ancestor worship   The unique Lac Viet inhabitants of Vietnam had been tribal folks residing in large clans. The patriarchal clan structure, with deference toward elders and filial piety as primary virtues, was the adhesive that certain collectively a closely-knit, consanguineous community. The feudal nature of the clans harmonized with both Chinese ...

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Globalisation and the WTO

A new direction   In 1986, doi moi laid the foundation for Vietnam’s resurgence. Since then, successive Celebration Congresses and plenums have re-affirmed their commitment to opening as much as the world in both phrases and actions. The collapse of the United States in 1991 examined that dedication to the full. Apart from being Vietnam’s ...

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Independence

A millennium under Chinese rule   Each city and city in Vietnam has its Hai Ba Trung Street named after the Trung sisters who led a briefly successful rise up in 40 AD and killed themselves when the rebellion was quashed by the ruling Chinese. There are few clues to explain why the early Vietnamese ...

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Liberation

The victory   The end of the ‘American Conflict’, or the ‘Vietnam Struggle’ as it is higher recognized by the US and its allies, was a defining moment within the history of both protagonists. For Vietnam, it was a vision of peace and prosperity, while the people of the United States have been plunged into ...

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Resistance

Van Lang – the early beginnings   The emergence of the Vietnam as a coherent entity is veiled by the mists of time. Legends proliferate, and are dominated by images of dragons that act as protectors of a weak land and people. Little is thought of Van Lang, the kingdom of the early Viet people, dominated ...

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