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Đào Duy Anh’s 1946 Book on the Origins of the Vietnamese

After the August Revolution in 1945, Vietnamese historian Đào Duy Anh was invited to teach history at a university that was established later that same year called the Hanoi University of Letters (Đại Học Văn Khoa Hà Nội)

He only taught for about a couple of months because the university soon shut down, but his students were apparently so impressed by his teaching that they urged him to write and publish a book based on his lecture notes.

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Interrogating Đào Duy Anh: A Tokyo Love Story

Once again Lê Minh Khải was transported in time, this time to Japan where he was asked about historians who had worked for a pro-Japanese government during World War II (Trần Trọng Kim and Hoàng Xuân Hãn).

Interrogating Đào Duy Anh: Everything’s Bigger in Texas

Michelle/Natasha and Lê Minh Khải went to a meeting with an American intelligence official named Hank (a friend of Papa François) where they talked about the Nhân Văn – Giai Phẩm Affair and historians in Saigon.

Interrogating Đào Duy Anh: One Night in Tunis

Having rescued Lê Minh Khải from Dr. Wu, Natasha takes him to meet her Papa in Tunisia where they talk about the declining influence of French scholarship in North Vietnam. . .

Interrogating Đào Duy Anh: Dr. Wu’s Shoes

Lê Minh Khải is again transported back in time and forced to answer questions about Vietnamese historian Đào Duy Anh’s scholarship. This time he ends up in Hong Kong and is asked about Đào Duy Anh’s approach to Marxist historiography.

Interrogating Đào Duy Anh: From Moscow With Love (Part 2)

This video contains some more discussion of some of the conclusions that Đào Duy Anh reaches in his 1938 work, An Historical Outline of Vietnamese Culture (Việt Nam văn hóa sử cương).

Interrogating Đào Duy Anh: From Moscow With Love (Part 1)

This video contains a discussion of some of the conclusions that Đào Duy Anh reaches in his 1938 work, An Historical Outline of Vietnamese Culture (Việt Nam văn hóa sử cương).

Đào Duy Anh’s (French) Characterization of Vietnamese Intellectual Inferiority

In his 1938 work, An Historical Outline of Vietnamese Culture (Việt Nam văn hóa sử cương), Vietnamese historian Đào Duy Anh tried to do something that no Vietnamese scholar had ever attempted to do before. He tried to write a history of Vietnamese society.

This was very difficult, because as he noted in his book, the historical records that Vietnamese had written up to that point had dealt primarily with dynastic politics. They did not talk about “the people” (nhân dân), and therefore it was difficult to write about Vietnamese society in the past.

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Dancing With Đào Duy Anh: Vidalian Geography

This video relates to this blog post on the influence of the ideas of French geographer Paul Vidal de La Blache on Vietnamese historian Đào Duy Anh’s 1938 work, An Historical Outline of Vietnamese Culture (Việt Nam văn hóa sử cương).

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