the period from the tenth through the early nineteenth centuries. The narrative that he created for that period is dense with detail, which may very well overwhelm some readers, but for serious students of the Vietnamese past these chapters constitute an invaluable resource. There is thus much that is wonderful about A History of the Vietnamese. One point, however, that will likely dissatisfy some readers is Taylor's decision to not include citations. He has provided a bibliographic essay, but given that much of this volume is based on Taylor's own reading of the chronicles, that essay is of limited use; it is best for its listing of recent studies of twentieth century history. That said, for readers who have a facility in Vietnamese or classical Chinese, it is relatively easy to locate in the chronicles the places where Taylor gets his information. A History of the Vietnamese took a long time to emerge. Not only did it take Taylor years to write it, but it also took time for him to reexamine the accumulated knowledge about Vietnam and to rethink his own ideas. There are plenty of senior scholars who would not bother to go through that process
Journal of Vietnamese Studies – University of California Press
Published: Jan 1, 2014
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