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The Eaves of Heaven

A Life in Three Wars

by Andrew X. Pham

The Eaves of Heaven
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    Jun 2008, 320 pages
    Jun 2009, 320 pages

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A Short History of Vietnam
Vietnam's history has been one of repeated invasions and resistance (map of Vietnam today). For most of the first millennium AD, Vietnam was controlled by the Chinese.  A final rebellion in 938 led to Vietnam achieving independence until the mid 19th century when increasing parts of the country were defeated by the French.  The entire area of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were declared "French Indochina" in 1887.

The turn of the 20th century brought calls for independence from the citizens of Vietnam. In 1919, during the Versailles Peace Conference at the end of WWI, Ho Chi Minh submitted Vietnamese demands to the French, which the French completely ignored. This sparked the rise of grass-roots Vietnamese nationalist and communist organizations across the region. The French tried to counter the trend by supporting traditional ...

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