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Literature on the History of South East Asia
Vietnam South Vietnam
First posted on December 20th 2004, last revised on December 15th 2013

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For the time before 1802, see Champa, Annam, Tonkin
For 1802-1859/1885, see Cochinchina, Vietnam 1802-1885
For 1859/1885-1954, see French Tonkin 1885-1954, French Annam 1885-1954, French Tonkin 1885-1954, French Indochina 1887-1954
For since 1975, see History of Vietnam
see also History of Mainland Southeast Asia

In 1954 France withdrew from French Indochina; Cambodia, Laos, North Vietnam and South Vietnam were released into independence. South Vietnam consisted of the territory of French Cochinchina and a large part of French Annam (to the south of 17 degrees northern latitude). However, France had lost control of its possessions in Indochina in (1941) 1944. Following the end of Japanese occupation (1945) and of the Nationalist Chinese Military Administration (1946), the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (covering historic Annam and Tonkin, claiming, but not controplling Cochinchina) was declared; in 1950 it was recognised by both the USSR and the PR China.
The French attempted to restore colonial rule, were back in contyrol of Hanoi in 1947; in 1949 the French installed Bao Dai as the Emperor of the Associated State of Vietnam (including historical Annam, Cochinchina and Tonkin), but left the French remained in control of the armed forces.
The Vietnamese Communists who had fought the French, had achieved military victory at Dien Bien Phu 1954, and at the negotiation table in Paris had "only" been given North Vietnam, longed for the unification of the country under Communist rule. North Vietnam supported the Viet Cong, a Communist organization formed in South Vietnam to subvert and overthgrow the country's regime and to unify with the north. The escalating Vietnam War from 1968 onward saw North Vietnam being targeted by U.S. air raids. The U.S. withdrew in 1973; In a brief offensive in 1975, Viet Cong forces took Saigon; the Republic of Vietnam ceased to exist, Vietnam was reunified.

Timelines : Vietnam
Historical Atlas : Vietnam Page
List of Wars : Vietnam

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Country Profiles . Links . Organizations . Accounts of History . Politics . Military History . Economic History . Social History . Ethnography
History of Religion . Regional History . Local History . Institutions . Culture . Biography . Environmental History . Others
Country Profiles from Wikipedia (North Vietnam)
from CIA World Factbook Country : Vietnam
from BBC News (Vietnam)
from World Desk Reference (Vietnam)
Library of Congress Country Studies : Vietnam
Article : Republique democratique du Vietnam, from Wikipedia French edition
Links Category : North Vietnam, from Wikipedia
from Univ. Oregon, Asian Studies
Organizations Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences
Vietnamese Studies Group
Vietnam Center and Archive, at TTU
Vietnam War Historical Society
Timelines see here
Timeline Vietnam, 1930-2002, from BBC News; another one from Ask Asia (206 BCE - 1073)
Accounts of History History of Vietnam, from Lonely Planet, from Asia Tours, 6 chapters; from World Travel Guide, from Vietnam, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; from Vietnam Online
History of Vietnam, from Vietnam Tourism, 5 chapters, several sub-chapters
Article History of Vietnam, from Wikipedia
Politics History of the Communist Party of Vietnam, from CPV (official source, partial)
Communist Propaganda from North Vietnam Project, at Archives of State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Military See here
Wars of Vietnam, from ACED
Vietnam Wars Internet Project, links, documents, images, maps etc.
Orders, Decorations and Medals : South Vietnam
Economy & Finances A Global History of Currencies : Vietnam
Land reform failures in Communist North Vietnam 1956 (S. Vietnamese propaganda), IA
B. Szalontai, Political and Economic Crisis in North Vietnam, 1955-56, Cold War History vol.5, no.4, November 2005, pp.395-426
Social History
Ethnography Languages of Vietnam (103), from Ethnologue
Minorities at Risk, scroll down for Vietnam - Chinese, Montagnards
List of Ethnic Groups in Vietnam, from Wikipedia
Religion Chronology of Catholic Dioceses : Vietnam
History of Buddhism in Vietnam, by L. Clark, S. Brown
Religions in Vietnam, from Vietnamese Culture
Catholicism in Vietnam, by Dang Anh Tuan
Catholic Church in Socialist Republic of Vietnam, from GCatholic
Local History History of Hanoi, from Wikipedia
History of Haiphong, from Wikipedia
Institutions North Vietnam, from Airline History
Environmental History

Historical Data . Statistical Data . Documents Newspapers . Yearbooks . Image Databanks . Archival Deposits . Laws . Historiography
Document Collections . Historical Maps . Historical Encyclopedia Articles . Travelogues . Institutions . National Symbols
Historical Data Lists of Statesmen from World Statesmen (B. Cahoon), scroll down; from Rulers (B. Schemmel), scroll down
Photos of Leaders of Vietnam, posted by Vern Weitzel (COOMBS)
Lists of Ambassadors
Statistical Data Population Figures Historical Population Statistics : Vietnam, from Population Statistics at Univ. Utrecht
Documents Historical Newspapers
Online Yearbooks
Newsreels, Films Indisch Filmarchief - Netherlands Indies Movies Archive
British Pathe
Wochenschau-Archiv (in German)
Archief Beeld en Geluid : Polygoon (in Dutch)
Image Databanks License Plates : Vietnam, Historical, from Francoplaque
Vietnam Propaganda Posters, posted by Ron Gluckman
Propaganda Posters Vietnam Oorlog, posted by IISG, comment in Dutch
Archival Deposits National Security Archive, search for Vietnam
Search CIA Released Documents for Vietnam
Constitutions Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (1948), from World Statesmen
Document Collections Indochina - Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Documents 1950-1964, from Avalon Project at Yale Law School
Documents : Vietnam, from CEAS at UCLA
Documents : Vietnam Wars, from Vietnam Wars Internet Project
Documents related to the Vietnam War, from Mt. Holyoke (has magazine articles from 1824 onward, documents from 1940 onward)
A Selection of Documents in Vietnamese History, translated into English (1945-1992), posted by Vern Weitzel (COOMBS)
List of Ratifications of International Labour Conventions by Vietnam, from ILO, 15 docs. since 1980
Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, 1945, from Milestone Documents
Land reform failures in Communist North Vietnam 1956 (S. Vietnamese propaganda), IA
Historical Maps click WHKMLA Historical Atlas, Vietnam Page
Map : Indochina, ethnolinguistic groups, 1970, from Perry Castaneda Library, UTexas
Maps on Vietnamese History, posted by Vern Weitzel (COOMBS)
Parliamentary Debates Hansard (British Parliament)
Tourist Guides
Institutions Archives
Libraries National Library of Vietnam, page in Vietnamese
National Symbols Flags, Coats of Arms Flag, from FOTW
National Emblem, from Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Coins, Banknotes Banknotes of Vietnam, of Vietnam, from Ron Wise's World Paper Money; Coins and banknotes of Vietnam and French Indochina, from Art Hanoi
Vietnamese Coinage, posted by Vladimir Belyaev
Coins, from Zeno
Propaganda Banknote Leaflets of the Vietnam War, by H.A. Friedman

Bibliographies . Online Libraries . Thesis Servers . Online Journals . General Accounts . Specific Topics . Historical Dictionaries . Statistical Data . Yearbooks
Bibliographies general Search ISBN Database
Search RHS Bibliography
UK National Archive Online Library
Search DBNG for Siak etc.
Online Libraries general Internet Archives
Gutenberg Library Online
Thesis Server Open Access Theses and Dissertations
Online Journals Directory of Open Access Journals
Electronic Journals Online
General Accounts Nicholas Tarling, The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia, 4 vol.s, Cambridge : UP (1992) 1999, KMLA Lib.Sign. 959 T188c
Stanley Karnow, Vietnam : a History, Penguin (1985) 1991, KMLA Lib.Sign. 959.704 K18v
Specific Periods Marvin E. Gettleman (ed.), Vietnam. History, Documjents, and Opinions on a Major World Crisis, Grenwich : Fawcett Crest 1965 [G]
Allan R. Millett, A Short History of the Vietnam War, Bloomington : Indiana UP 1978 [G]
Historical Dictionaries William J. Duiker, Historical Dictionary of Vietnam, Metuchen NJ : Scarecrow 1989, 269 pp. [G]
Spencer C. Tucker, The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War, A Political, Social & Military History, Oxford : UP 1998 [G]
Historical Atlasses Jan M. Pluvier, Historical Atlas of Southeast Asia, Leiden : Brill 1995 [G]
Statistical Data IHS : B.R. Mitchell, International Historical Statistics. Africa, Asia & Oceania 1750-2000, London : Palgrave 2003 [G]
Article : North Vietnam, in : The World in Figures 1st ed. 1976 pp.203-204 [G]
Yearbook Entries Britannica Book of the Year Vietnam, 1956 pp.733-734, 1957 pp.796-797, 1958 p.737, 1959 p.736, 1960 pp.735-736, 1961 pp.737-738, 1962 pp.726-728, 1963 p.842, 1964 pp.856-857, 1965 pp.857-859, 1966 pp.797-801, 1967 pp.794-798, 1968 pp.798-802, 1969 pp.790-795, 1970 pp.788-793, 1971 pp.771-775, 1972 pp.725-729, 1973 pp.723-728, 1974 pp.720-726, 1975 pp.727-729, 1976 pp.725-728 [G]
Statesman's Year-Book North Vietnam, 1970-1971 pp. 1479-1482, 1975-1976 pp. 1476-1479 [G]
Americana Annual Vietnam, 1957 pp.827-828, 1961 pp.811-812, 1962 pp.818-820, 1963 pp.727-730, 1964 pp.710-713, 1965 pp.733-736, 1967 pp.734-739, 1968 pp.731-738, 1969 pp.735-742, 1970 pp.736-742, 1971 pp.741-743, 1972 pp.739-741, 1973 pp.737-739, 1974 pp.647-649, 1976 pp.103, 588-591 [G]
YB on Int'l Communist Affairs Democratic Republic of Vietnam 1968 pp.638-663, 1973 pp.557-567, 1974 pp.550-559

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