The historiography of women in Vietnamese history has long been complicated by cultural and political agendas, as well as problematic and at times limited sources. This state of the field essay surveys the historiographical landscape to highlight existing representations of women’s roles in Vietnamese history, and assesses the benefits and limitations of these depictions. I show that approaches to the study of women that consider them through the lenses of politics, law, and literature each show promise, but also obscure important dimensions of the larger story. I conclude by suggesting strategies for new approaches and interpretive frameworks for future research.
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