Phan Chau Trinh and His Political Writings
by Sinh Vinh (9780877277491)

Phan Chau Trinh and His Political Writings
Sinh Vinh
Release Date: 15 February 2009
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 152
Category: Political Science
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780877277491
ISBN-10: 0877277494

Phan Châu Trinh (1872-1926) was the earliest proponent of democracy and popular rights in Vietnam. Throughout his life, he favored a moderate approach to political change and advised the country's leaders to seek gradual progress for Vietnam within the French colonial system. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he did not favor anti-French military alliances or insurgent military resistance, arguing that 'to depend on foreign help is foolish and to resort to violence is self-destructive.'? This collection offers translations of four of his most significant works: 'The New Vietnam,'? 'Letter to Emperor Kh_i __nh,'? 'Morality and Ethics,'? and 'Monarchy and Democracy.'? The first two texts were written in literary Chinese and the other two in qu_c ng_ style.As a result of his exposure to Chinese reformist literature, Phan Châu Trinh assigned top priority to promoting democracy and human rights and to improving Vietnamese people's lives. He believed that true independence could only be achieved by changing the Vietnamese political culture, and he articulated penetrating criticism of the corruption and superficiality of Vietnam's officials. His emphasis on changing the fundamental values governing the ruling class's behavior, as well as his skepticism regarding anticolonial resistance, set Phan Châu Trinh apart from his contemporaries and mark him as a true revolutionary. Sinh Vinh's masterly introduction to Phan Châu Trinh's essays illuminate both this turbulent era and the courageous intelligence of the author.

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