Print and Power: Buddhism, Confucianism and Communism in the Making of Modern Vietnam - Southeast Asia: Politics, Meaning and Memory (Hardback)Shawn Frederick McHale (author)
Hardback Published: 30/11/2003
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In this ambitious and path-breaking book, Shawn McHale challenges long held views that define modern Vietnamese history in terms of anticolonial nationalism and revolution. McHale argues instead for a historiography that does not overstress either the role of politics in general or communism in particular. Using a wide range of sources from Vietnam, France, and the United States, many of them previously unexploited, he shows how the use of printed matter soared between 1920 and 1945 and in the process transformed Vietnamese public life and shaped the modern Vietnamese consciousnesss. Print and Power examines the impact of the French colonial state on Vietnamese society as well as Vietnamese and East Asian understandings of public discourse and public space. The work goes on to contest the impact of Confucianism on pre-modern and modern Vietnam and, based on materials never before used, provides a radically new perspective on the rise of Vietnamese communism from 1929 to 1945.
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
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