Overview of Chapter N : Contrasting political and economic crises in eighteen century Vietnam and France, this chapter narrates the life of the founder of the Nguyen dynasty in Vietnam and explores new historiography about Louis XVI, Versailles, and the debt crisis that helped precipitate the French Revolution. The chapter also specifically discusses the Tay Son Uprising, French colonialism in Asia, Chinese influence on Vietnamese culture, and conflicts between Buddhism and Confucianism in Vietnam.
1. Assess the extent to which Prince Canh was accepted at Versailles. How much difference did his being a child make?
2. This chapter discusses three kings: Rama I in Siam/Thailand, Louis XVI in France,and Gia Long in Dai Viet /Vietnam. What is the nature of kingship as measured by the reigns of these men?
3. Nguyen Anh fought a civil war for decades before winning the unification of Vietnam. Compare this experience with that of another extended civil war in history. What makes these wars so hard to win? Why do these wars linger in historical memory so much?
1. Create a visual aid to explain Nguyen Anh's movements during the conflict with the Tay Son.
2. Using principles of Confucianism and feng shui, design a tomb complex for a Vietnamese king.
• Vu Hong Van, Nguyen Xuan Phong, and Pham Duy Hoang, "The Influence of Confucianism in the Law Code of the Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam," Journal of Advances in Education and Philosophy, May 17, 2020, Open Access, Research Gate and Google Scholar, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Vu_Van6/publication/341448448_The_Influence_of_Confucianism_in_the_Law_Code_of_the_Nguyen_Dynasty_of_Vietnam/links/5ec1d375a6fdcc90d67dfe97/The-Influence-of-Confucianism-in-the-Law-Code-of-the-Nguyen-Dynasty-of-Vietnam.pdf
Aerial view of Gia Long's Burial Complex