Module prepared Summer 1999 by Dr. Ernest Bolt and Amanda Garrett, University of Richmond graduate student in History. This online module is part of a course development project of the Associated Colleges of the South. The course at Centenary College is English 315: The American Experience in Vietnam. At the University of Richmond, it is History 398: The Vietnam Experience. At Rollins College, the course is Political Science 393: The Vietnam Experience.
Students at all three sites of this ACS-sponsored course should utilize all parts of this module during Week 1 of the course, 30 August and 1 September.
Before the day of class discussion on Pre-colonial Vietnam, all students must complete the reading assignments and examine all online materials for this module. Write responses to the Study Questions for Readings and bring those responses to class the day for discussion of this topic.
VIETNAM'S PREHISTORY AND LEGENDS
VIETNAM'S ANCIENT PAST
Co-Loa and Its Legend
Professor Bolt's Photos of Co-Loa - 1991
TRUNG TRAC AND TRUNG NHI
Required Course Readings on the Trung Sisters
This site, maintained by Chi D. Nguyen, chronicles the story of Trung Trac and Trung Nhi, also known as theTrung Sisters. These two women played a significant role in the resistant movement against the Chinese.
THE END OF CHINESE DOMINATION
Battle of Bach Dang (938)
Le Loi and the Le Dynasty
THE NGUYEN DYNASTY
From the Le to the Nguyen Rulers
Chart of Nguyen Rulers, 1802-1945
Major Early Nguyen Rulers
Emperor Gia Long
Emperor Minh Mang
Emperor Tu Duc
Professor Bolt's Photos and Comments on a Visit of Hue, 1997
Emperor Bao Dai
This link takes one to a sample entry from the Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History. This three-volume encyclopedia, edited by Spencer C. Tucker, contains more than 900 entries, 150 primary source documents, 150 photographs, and 22 maps by over 138 contributors.
KINGDOM OF CHAMPA
Professor Bolt's Photos of the My Son Ruins, with excerpts of 1997 journal
Champa: The Ancient Kingdom of Indochina
This site pays "homage to the Cham civilization vanished in the turbulence of history." Maintained by Dang Auh Tuan, topics such as Champa's history, the Cham people, and Cham architecture are discussed. Links are also provided for more exploration on this fascinating subject.
STUDY QUESTIONS ON PRE-COLONIAL VIETNAM READINGS
Taylor, 17-27, 37-41, 334-339 (Library Reserve)
Terada, 120-125 (Library Reserve)
INTERACTIVE OUTLINE HISTORY OF VIETNAM
Click on Highlights of History Links for further information and/or more study questions for response.
DISCUSSION INSTRUCTIONS ON PRE-COLONIAL VIETNAM
Click on the above link to go
to a list of terms and abbreviations commonly used in course readings.
Students are expected to contribute other entries as our study continues.