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The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam

The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam

A History

  • Author: Christopher Goscha
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141946652
  • Category: History
  • Page: 400
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The Vietnamese are in the unusual situation of being both colonizers themselves and the victims of colonization by others. Their country expanded, shrunk, split and sometimes disappeared, often under circumstances way beyond their control. Despite these often overwhelming pressures Vietnam has survived and is universally recognized as forming one of Asia's most striking and complex cultures. As more and more visitors come to this extraordinary country, there has been for some years a need for a major history - a book which allows the outsider to understand the many complex layers left by earlier emperors, rebels, priests and colonizers. Vietnam's role in one of the Cold War's longest conflicts has meant that its past has been endlessly abused for propaganda purposes and it is perhaps only now that the events which created the modern state can be seen through a truly historical perspective. Christopher Goscha is a leading expert on Vietnam, and this book draws on the latest research and discoveries in Vietnamese, French and English. It is a major achievement, describing both the grand narrative of Vietnam's story but also many of the remarkable byways and what ifs, and is particularly strong on the countless minority groups who have done so much over the centuries to define the many versions of Vietnam.

The Penguin History of Modern China

The Penguin History of Modern China

The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 - 2009

  • Author: Jonathan Fenby
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 014191761X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 816
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'China's reemergence as a global economic powerhouse has compressed into a single generation an industrial and urban revolution on a scale the world has never seen. Its transformation looks to many foreigners, and to millions of newly prosperous Chinese, like a near-miraculous escape from the agonies of its recent history - late imperial, warlord-republican and Maoist. The great merit of Jonathan Fenby's vivid account of the years since 1850 is to underline how heavily that history still weighs on the present' Rosemary Righter, The Times

Shadows and Wind

Shadows and Wind

A View of Modern Vietnam

  • Author: Robert Templer
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
  • ISBN: 9780140285970
  • Category: History
  • Page: 384
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Examines the problems facing modern Vietnam, a country emerging from its troubled past into a new world marked by conspicuous consumption and a lifestyle of leisure

Penguin Book of New Zealanders at War

Penguin Book of New Zealanders at War

  • Author: Gavin McLean
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House New Zealand Limited
  • ISBN: 1742288766
  • Category: History
  • Page: 496
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TheNew ZealandWars of the 1840s and 1860s, other nineteenth-century military encounters, theSouth AfricanWar, the First and Second World Wars, Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, the Gulf War, modern-day peacekeeping ... The Penguin Book of New Zealanders at War contains the best, widest range of published and non-published written material on our people in warfare. This is a soldier's book - thus letters, diaries, journalists' reports, memoirs. The focus is on actual experience and on human responses to war. A vast array of personal experiences is covered, including POWs, the home front, medical/nursing efforts, as well as coverage of conscientious objectors.

The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches

The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches

  • Author: Brian MacArthur
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141909161
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 624
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*FULLY REVISED AND UPDATED* Whether it was Churchill rousing the British to take up arms or the dream of Martin Luther King, Fidel Castro inspiring the Cuban revolution or Barack Obama on Selma and the meaning of America, speeches have profoundly influenced the way we see ourselves and society. Gathered here are some of the most extraordinary and memorable speeches of the last century. Some are well known, others less so, but all helped form the world we now inhabit.

The Atlantic and Its Enemies

The Atlantic and Its Enemies

A History of the Cold War

  • Author: Norman Stone
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 014193851X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 688
  • View: 9567
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Those who survived the Second World War stared out onto a devastated, morally ruined world. Much of Europe and Asia had been so ravaged that it was unclear whether any form of normal life could ever be established again - coups, collapsing empires and civil wars, some on a vast scale, continued to reshape country after country long after the fighting was meant to have ended. Everywhere the 'Atlantic' world (the USA, Britain and a handful of allies) was on the defensive and its enemies on the move. For every Atlantic success there seemed to be a dozen Communist or 'Third World' successes, as the USSR and its proxies crushed dissent and humiliated the United States on both military and cultural grounds. For all the astonishing productivity of the American, Japanese and mainland western European economies (setting aside the fiasco of Britain's implosion), most of the world was either under Communist rule or lost in a violent stagnancy that seemed doomed to permanence. Even in the late 1970s, with the collapse of Iran, the oil shock and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the initiative seemed to lie with the Communist forces. Then, suddenly, the Atlantic won - economically, ideologically, militarily - with astonishing speed and completeness. The Atlantic and Its Enemies is a surprising, highly entertaining and pugnacious history of this tumultuous period.

The Penguin History of New Zealand Literature

The Penguin History of New Zealand Literature

  • Author: Patrick Evans
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: New Zealand literature
  • Page: 287
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The Southeast Asia Handbook

The Southeast Asia Handbook

  • Author: Christopher Hudson,Georgina Wilde
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 9781884964978
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 342
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The Regional Handbooks of Economic Development series provides accessible overviews of countries within their larger domestic and international contexts, focusing on the relations among regions as they meet the challenges of the twenty first century. The series allows the non-specialist student to explore a wide range of complex factors-social and political as well as economic-that affect the growth of developing regions in Asia, Europe, and South America. Each Handbook provides an overview chapter discussing the region's economic conditions within an historical and political context, as well as 20 or more chapter-length essays written by recognized experts, which analyze the key issues affecting a region's economy: its population, natural resources, foreign trade, labor problems, and economic inequalities, and other vital factors. In addition, the volumes offer useful support materials, including a series of appendices that include a detailed chronology of events in the region, a glossary of terms, biographical entries on key personalities, an annotated bibliography of further reading, and a comprehensive analytical index.

Maoism

Maoism

A Global History

  • Author: Julia Lovell
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1448156319
  • Category: History
  • Page: 624
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‘A landmark work giving a global panorama of Mao's ideology filled with historic events and enlivened by striking characters’ Jonathan Fenby, author of The Penguin History of China Since the 1980s, China seems to have abandoned the utopian turmoil of Mao’s revolution in favour of authoritarian capitalism. But Mao and his ideas remain central to the People’s Republic. With disagreements between China and the West on the rise, the need to understand the political legacy of Mao is urgent and growing. A crucial motor of the Cold War: Maoism shaped the course of the Vietnam War and brought to power the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia; it aided anti-colonial resistance movements in Africa; it inspired terrorism in Germany and Italy, and wars and insurgencies in Peru, India and Nepal, some of which are still with us today. Starting with the birth of Mao’s revolution in northwest China in the 1930s and concluding with its violent afterlives in South Asia and resurgence in the People’s Republic today, Julia Lovell re-evaluates Maoism as both a Chinese and an international force, linking its evolution in China with its global legacy. 'Wonderful' Andrew Marr, New Statesman

Ethnic Groups of the Americas

Ethnic Groups of the Americas

An Encyclopedia

  • Author: James Minahan
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN: 1610691636
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 411
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Intended to help students explore ethnic identity—one of the most important issues of the 21st century—this concise, one-stop reference presents rigorously researched content on the national groups and ethnicities of North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.