Feudalism in the service of the revolution Reclaiming heritage in hue

Long, Colin 2003, Feudalism in the service of the revolution Reclaiming heritage in hue, Critical Asian studies, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 535-558.

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Title Feudalism in the service of the revolution Reclaiming heritage in hue
Author(s) Long, Colin
Journal name Critical Asian studies
Volume number 34
Issue number 4
Start page 535
End page 558
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2003-12
ISSN 1467-2715
Summary This article discusses the way the past is being reexamined in modern-day Vietnam, particularly through the medium of heritage. Hue, the old royal capital of Vietnam, provides the case study, as this city reflects the great themes and events of Vietnamese history over the last two hundred years, from the establishment of a unified nation under the Nguyen, through the imposition of colonial control, the devastation of war, reunification, and the establishment of communism, to the consolidation of an independent postcolonial nation. The importance of Hue's heritage is recognized in its status as a “world heritage” site. The author argues that Hue's heritage is, nevertheless, problematic for Vietnam's ruling communists, because to them it largely represents a regime—the Nguyen Dynasty—that was “reactionary” and that had sold out the country to the French. The apparent contradiction between the standard communist view of the Nguyen past and the value accorded to Nguyen heritage in Hue is resolved, the author contends, by recourse to the depoliticized practices of heritage preservation and tourist promotion.
Language eng
Field of Research 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2003, BCAS
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