Vietnam became part of French Indochina in 1887 and did not regain its independence again until after the Vietnam War. However, despite a relatively peaceful two decades the country experienced little economic growth because of conservative leadership policies. In an effort to change this stagnation, Vietnamese authorities have committed to economic liberalization and enacted structural reforms needed to modernize the economy and to produce more competitive, export-driven industries. The third edition of this dictionary focuses on the recent changes and leadership of Vietnam while giving due attention to the earlier kingdoms, the period of French Indochina, the wars for liberation, the Vietnam War, and much more. Hundreds of cross-referenced A to Z dictionary entries are included on political, economic, social and cultural aspects as well as the major cities and geographic features. This book also contains a chronology and introduction that traces Vietnam's history, as well as a bibliography.
Bruce M. Lockhart is assistant professor of history at the National University of Singapore. William J. Duiker is liberal arts professor emeritus of East Asian Studies at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Part 1 Editor's Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Reader's Notes Part 4 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 5 Maps Part 6 Chronology Part 7 Introduction Part 8 THE DICTIONARY Part 9 Appendixes Chapter 10 A. A Brief Outline History of Vietnam Chapter 11 B. Rulers of Vietnamese Kingdoms, 10th-19th Centuries Chapter 12 C. Emperors and Governors under Colonial Rule Chapter 13 D. Leaders of Independent Vietnamese Governments Chapter 14 E. Communist Party General Secretaries Chapter 15 F. Population of Vietnam (Yearly Estimates) Chapter 16 G. Population Distribution According to Province and Municipality Chapter 17 H. Population by Ethnic Background Chapter 18 I. Key Social and Economic Indicators Part 19 Bibliography Part 20 About the Authors