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Tradition, Revolution, and Market Economy in a North Vietnamese Village, 1925-2006$
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Hy V. Luong

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833701

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833701.001.0001

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Vietnamese Anticolonialism, 1884–1930

Vietnamese Anticolonialism, 1884–1930

A Microscopic Perspective on Historical Events

(p.25) Chapter 1 Vietnamese Anticolonialism, 1884–1930
Tradition, Revolution, and Market Economy in a North Vietnamese Village, 1925-2006

Hy V. Luong

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses Vietnamese anticolonial movements from 1884–1930. It argues that the anticolonial movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were not complete failures because they succeeded in creating and recreating resistance symbols and ideals for subsequent generations. The power of the symbols and myths of resistance can hardly be overestimated. In the village of Son-Duong, for example, one century after the defeat of the Aid-the-King movement, the tomb of the anticolonial guerrilla leader remained a village landmark. It was far from insignificant that his daughter continued his idealism with financial contributions to the anticolonial cause, both to the Yên-Báy uprising and the Marxist-led Vietminh movement, until the violent end of French colonialism in 1954. And no matter how shrouded in mystery were the circumstances of the April 1885 massacre in Son-Duong, it was no coincidence that the village mayor in 1930 and many following generations blamed the massacre on a foreign presence, that is, on Chinese troops.

Keywords:   anticolonial movements, anticolonialism, Son-Duong, rural village, North Vietnam, indigenous resistance, Aid-the-King movement, French colonialism

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