Vs3 History of Vietnam 2 - from colonial era to the present time

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
Mgr. Michal Schwarz, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Ondřej Srba, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Michal Schwarz, Ph.D.
Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Michal Schwarz, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Tue 11:00–11:50 B2.52
no requirements
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course goal is to understand the history of modern Vietnam (including the chronology and internal development of this country) in relation with world powers and sourrounding nations of Southeast Asia. Main focus: description of influence of colonial powers and conflicts in 19th and 20th centuries on formation of modern Vietnam. The course History of Vietnam 2 - from colonial era to the present time is a fundamental theoretical profile core course of the study programme Vietnamese Studies. Content of this course and acquired knowledge will be also a part of the Final State Examination. The course is open for students of other study programmes – in such a case only final written examination with requirements of more moderate results is needed to pass the course.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course a student will be able to:
- describe main phases and name most important personalities in Vietnamese history
- explain the development of Vietnamese history from the point of view of other countries and their influence
- describe mains reasons of wars in Vietnam in 20th century
- explain the post-war development
- describe contemporary Vietnamese foreign relations
  • 0. History: methodological problems and relation with politics and politology
  • 1. Modern history of Vietnam - definition and main periods
  • 2. Contacts with colonial powers and missionaries: Portuguese and Jesuits in Vietnam
  • 3. French invasion and domination
  • 4. Limits of colonial development in French Indochina
  • 5. Vietnamese national revival, modernisation, birth of Vietnamese communism and other political parties. Forms of Vietnamese resistence against the French
  • 6. Worsening of ecomonics before the World War II.
  • 7. Vietnamese democratic republic, division into Northern and Southern Vietnam
  • 8. International influences in Northern and Southern Vietnam
  • 9. American War in Vietnam
  • 10. Reunification of Vietnam
  • 11. Contemporary postwar modernization and development
  • 12. History of Vietnamese in foreign countries
    required literature
  • Hlavatá, Lucie et al. 2008. Dějiny Vietnamu. Vyd. 1. Praha: NLN, Nakladatelství Lidové noviny.
    recommended literature
  • Schwarz, Michal + Srba, Ondřej. 2016. Vietnam v éře západních velmocí. Spisy Filozofické fakulty Masarykovy univerzity, sv. 461. Brno: Masarykova univerzita.
    not specified
  • Nguyen, Khac Vien. 1993. Vietnam. A Long History. Hanoi: The Gioi Publishers.
  • Taylor, K. W. 2013. A History of the Vietnamese. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Quinn-Judge, Sophie. 2002. Ho Chi Minh: the Missing Years 1919-1941. Berkeley – Los Angeles: University of California Press.
  • Aung-Thwin, Michael Arthur + Hall, Kenneth R. 2011. New Perspectives on the History and Historiography of Southeast Asia. London – New York: Routledge.
  • Müllerová, Petra. 2004. Vietnam. Praha: Libri.
  • Goscha, Christopher. 2017. The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam. UK: Penguin Random House.
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Students of the study programme Vietnamese Studies: 1) three written tests during the course - at least 50 % of correct answers is needed to pass for final written examination; + 2) final written examination: at least 75 % of correct answers is required to pass the course. Students of other study programmes: only final written examination is compulsory: at least 50 % of correct answers is needed to pass the course.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019.
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