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This finished paintings lines Viet Nam's background, a story of a multi-ethnic, multi-religious historical past, from old chiefdoms to imperial provinces, from self sustaining kingdoms to contending areas, civil wars, French colonies, and smooth republics.

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6 THE ENVIRONMENT AND FIRST INHABITANTS Before the melting of Ice Age glaciers ten thousand years ago, worldwide sea levels were much lower than at present, and mainland Southeast Asia was a larger landmass. ”7 One of these, the Red River, continued much further east than today, traversing what prehistorians call “Nanhailand,” a broad coastal plain that extended one hundred miles beyond the modern coastline, fifty meters below the current sea level. But from about 6000–4000 bce, the water level rose sharply.

Vietnamese histories are decidedly plural, presenting alternative forms of national unification even when there was consensus on that concept. If some cultural and ecological features have proved Â�enduring, political change has been as persistent as continuity. And that change was hardly continuous or cumulative: the six successive political I n t r o d u c t io n â•… (â•›17â•›) eras represent no linear progressive evolution, or developmental phases, of statehood. Readers might equally view the chronological chapters of this book as arranged geographically, with chapters 1–4 focusing mostly on the northern region up to the fourteenth century, chapters 5–6 on both the north and center in the early modern era, and chapters 7–11 on all three regions— north, center and south—in the period since the eighteenth century.

Raft on the fast-flowing Chảy (Clear) River, northern Việt Nam, 1939. Archives nationales d’outre-mer (ANOM), Aix-en-Provence, France: FR ANOM 3502 COL 4923 (FM INDO NF 4923)—“Tournée d’inspection forestière de M. Consigny,” 1939. Swidden fields beneath limestone hills, northern Việt Nam, 1939. Archives nationales d’outre-mer (ANOM), Aix-en-Provence, France: FR ANOM 3502 COL 4923 (FM INDO NF 4923)—“Tournée d’inspection forestière de M. Consigny,” 1939. Wet-rice fields bunded for cultivation, northern Việt Nam, 1939.

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