Continuity and Change in North Vietnam

Tradition, RevolutionTradition, Revolution, and Market Economy in a North Vietnamese Village, 1925-2006, by Hy V. Luong, examines both continuity and change over eight decades in a small rural village deep in the North Vietnamese countryside. Son-Duong, a community near the Red River, experienced firsthand the ravages of French colonialism and the American war, as well as the socialist revolution and Vietnam’s recent reintegration into the global market economy. In this revised and expanded edition of his 1992 book, Revolution in the Village, Hy V. Luong draws on newly available archival documents in Hanoi, narratives by villagers, and three field seasons from the late 1980s to 2006. He situates his finely drawn village portrait within the historical framework of the Vietnamese revolution and the recent reforms in Vietnam.

January 2010 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3423-4 / $28.00 (PAPER)