Hanoi: City of the Rising Dragon / Edition 224

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For many Westerners, Hanoi evokes memories only of war and bitter loss. But Hanoi is much more than the capital of Vietnamese communism. Ancient seat of the royal house, then center of the French colonial empire in Indochina, and finally birthplace of Vietnamese independence, Hanoi is today a thriving urban center with a rich history all its own. Georges Boudarel and Nguyen Van Ky paint a vivid portrait of a city that is now awakening to the modern era. Together they reveal Hanoi in its myriad facets, from the aromas of its traditional cuisine to its destruction in wartime to the modern era of motorcycles and movie theaters. Part history, part paean, this book takes us into the heart of a city just emerging from the storms of the twentieth century.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Asian Studies
An intriguing volume that offers the reader considerable food for thought.
Journal Of Asian Studies
An intriguing volume that offers the reader considerable food for thought.
In separately authored chapters, a political and cultural portrait of the capital of Vietnam is sketched from pre-colonial times to the present. The authors, a French historian that lived in Vietnam before the departure of the French and a Vietnamese historian that lives in France, concentrate primarily on the 20th century, discussing the cultural life of the city, the politics of resistance to colonialism, wartime destruction, life under communism, and current trends. Various sidebars offer literary and historical reflections on others' experiences with the city. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742516557
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 224
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Georges Boudarel, a French historian, lived in Indochina before the departure of the French, gaining firsthand experience of the Vietnamese resistance and their eventual liberation. Nguyen Van Ky is a Vietnamese scholar who specializes in contemporary life in Vietnam.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Prologue Part 3 The Spirit of the City Chapter 4 A City that Remembers Chapter 5 The French Model Part 6 History and Its Secrets Chapter 7 1945: Under the Red Flag Chapter 8 1946: In the Footsteps of the Colonial Sûreté Part 9 Toward Liberation Chapter 10 1954: A Troubled Independence Chapter 11 1965-1975: War or Peace Part 12 Visions of the Future Chapter 13 A The Era of Renovation Chapter 14 A Capital for All Vietnamese Chapter 15 Chronology Chapter 16 Maps of Hanoi Chapter 17 Translator's Note Chapter 18 Selected Bibiography; Suggested Reading

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