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This introduction to Vietnam brings an often-lacking historical perspective to the evaluation of this conflict-ridden nation. The author places Vietnam in the context of its traditional cultural and colonial relationship with China and its more recent experience under the French. Arguing that the quest for national identity has been a recurring theme throughout Vietnamese history, the author asserts that nationalism, more than communism, fuelled the nation's recent struggle against France, the United States and China. The second half of the book examines the post-war era, including Vietnam's decade-long occupation of Cambodia, the recent UN settlement, and Hanoi's evolving relations with the major powers.
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D. R. SarDesai is former Chairperson of South and Southeast Asian Studies and the first holder of the Doshi Chair in Indian History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Southeast Asia: Past and Present 5th Edition (Westview Press, 2003). He is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Yadunandan Center for India Studies for his caring and distinguished work in South and Southeast Asian studies.
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Book Description Westview Press, 1992. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110813381975
Book Description Westview Press, 1992. Paperback. Condition: New. 2nd. Seller Inventory # DADAX0813381975