By K. W. Taylor
The background of Vietnam sooner than the 19th century is never tested in any element. during this groundbreaking paintings, okay. W. Taylor takes up this problem, addressing a big selection of subject matters from the earliest instances to the current day - together with language, literature, faith and battle - and topics - together with Sino-Vietnamese kin, the interactions of the peoples of other areas in the nation, and a few of the different types of govt followed by way of Vietnam all through its historical past. A background of the Vietnamese relies on fundamental resource fabrics, combining a entire narrative with an research which endeavours to determine the Vietnamese previous throughout the eyes of these who lived it. Taylor questions long-standing stereotypes and clichés approximately Vietnam, drawing recognition to sharp discontinuities in Vietnam’s earlier. Fluently written and available to all readers, this hugely unique contribution to the learn of South-East Asia is a landmark textual content for all scholars and students of Vietnam.
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When the Qin Empire collapsed after Qin Shi Huang’s death in the year 210 BCE, this coastal outpost became the center of a regional kingdom ruled by the senior commanding officer, Zhao To. As armies fought for control of the empire in the north, Zhao To proclaimed himself King of Nan Yue (Southern Yue). Zhao To is among the first historical figures with a role in Vietnamese history. Yue had been the name of a state on the south-central coast of China (the modern province of Zhejiang) during the sixth to fourth centuries BCE.
Consequently, readers who do not know Vietnamese but are familiar with European languages will not go far wrong in sounding out most pronunciations in Vietnamese. However, readers may be interested to know how to pronounce certain common names in Vietnamese history that have unexpected sounds. Another example is the name of the president of the first Republic of Vietnam (Ngo Dinh Diem, 1955–1963), which also contains both kinds of “d,” being pronounced “Ngo Dinh Ziem” by northerners and “Ngo Dinh Yiem” by southerners.
There was no further mention of the name Lac. Instead, the people here were recorded as Viet (Chinese Yue). As a name, Viet had a relatively prominent imperial pedigree. Although it was a designation for southern non-Han peoples, it nevertheless indicated a kind of uncivilized people that were redeemable. Consequently, the Yue/Viet were thought of as a kind of uncivilized people predisposed toward the civilizing process. This was a name for people on the threshold of civilization who had the options of going over the threshold, of turning away, or of looking both ways.
A History of the Vietnamese by K. W. Taylor