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.