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The colonial Bastille [electronic resource] : a history of imprisonment in Vietnam, 1862-1940 /
Peter Zinoman
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2001
description
xix, 351 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520224124 (alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2001
isbn
0520224124 (alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
"A Philip E. Lilienthal book."
catalogue key
8410726
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-329) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Peter Zinoman is Associate Professor of Southeast Asian History at the University of California, Berkeley.
Excerpts
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"Zinoman makes original contributions on multiple fronts, including colonial systems; prisons as social institutions; political life in prison; public campaigns concerning prisons; and released prisoners in action. He also takes us beyond the colonial/anticolonial, nationalist/communist, and war/peace dichotomies that have long dominated Vietnam studies."--David Marr, author ofVietnamese Tradition on Trial, 1920-1945 "This is a wonderful, lucidly argued, and meticulously documented book."--Ann Stoler, author ofRace and the Education of Desire: Foucault's History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things
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"Zinoman makes original contributions on multiple fronts, including colonial systems; prisons as social institutions; political life in prison; public campaigns concerning prisons; and released prisoners in action. He also takes us beyond the colonial/anticolonial, nationalist/communist, and war/peace dichotomies that have long dominated Vietnam studies."--David Marr, author of Vietnamese Tradition on Trial, 1920-1945 "This is a wonderful, lucidly argued, and meticulously documented book."--Ann Stoler, author of Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault's History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2001-11-01:
Arguing that colonial prisons functioned as revolutionary schools in the shaping of anticolonial resistance and Vietnamese nationalism, Zinoman (Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Berkeley), using Vietnamese and French archives, makes an outstanding contribution to colonial studies and Vietnam historiography. Through prison memoirs, pamphlets, poetry, and newspaper accounts highlighting the brutal conditions of forced labor, poor food, surveillances, and other repressive conditions, Zinoman superbly analyzes the Sinic background of the Vietnamese penal system (in contrast to French prisons), architectural design that prevented separation of types of prisoners, and a prison society that eroded the class basis, creating "horizontal comradeship" and forging new collective identities. Nor does he ignore the infusion of Leninist principles or the role of the prison subculture of games, theatre productions, and the use of traditional Vietnamese symbols. Detailing revolts of Poulo Condore in 1890 and 1918 and the Thai Nguyen rebellion of 1917, among others, newspapers such as La Lutte also helped shape nationalism by transforming prison resisters into national heroes, many of whom were released in 1936 through Popular Front amnesty. Excellent bibliography, glossary, and index. Recommended for all libraries. M. S. Miller emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago
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Summaries
Long Description
Peter Zinoman's original and insightful study focuses on the colonial prison system in French Indochina and its role in fostering modern political consciousness among the Vietnamese. Using prison memoirs, newspaper articles, and extensive archival records, Zinoman presents a wealth of significant new information to document how colonial prisons, rather than quelling political dissent and maintaining order, instead became institutions that promoted nationalism and revolutionary education.
Main Description
Zinoman shows how Vietnamese anti-colonialism and Communism developed out of the French colonial prison system.
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Abbreviationsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
The Origins of the Ill-Disciplined Prisonp. 13
The System: Fragmented Order and Integrative Dynamicsp. 38
The Regime: Surveillance, Forced Labor, and Total Carep. 72
Prisoners and Prison Societyp. 98
Colonial Prisons in Revolt, 1862-1930p. 136
The Thai Nguyen Rebellionp. 158
Prison Cells and Party Cells: the Indochinese Communist Party in Prison, 1930-1936p. 200
Prisons and the Colonial Press, 1934-1939p. 240
The Prisoner Releasedp. 267
Epiloguep. 297
Glossaryp. 303
Select Bibliographyp. 311
Indexp. 331
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