Viet Nam News
HCM CITY – A two-volume book on the South of Việt Nam won the prestigious annual history prize named after the revolutionary and philosopher Prof Trần Văn Giàu.
Vùng Đất Nam Bộ - Quá Trình Hình Thành và Phát Triển (The Establishment and Development of the South Việt Nam) includes 11 social science research works on the south, written by more than 100 historians, cultural researchers, authors and scientists between 2008 and 2010.
Prof Phan Huy Lê, the head of the editorial board for the book is an internationally-acclaimed historian who in 2016 received the Hồ Chí Minh Award, the highest State award, for his research.
“My colleague and I are honoured to receive the prize named after Prof Trần Văn Giàu,” Lê, 83, said at the awards ceremony in HCM City yesterday.
Vùng Đất Nam Bộ - Quá Trình Hình Thành và Phát Triển has deep significant meaning to us because it is based Giàu’s ideas on work about the south from prehistory to the present,” Lê said.
He also added that more than 10 books on the south would be published later this year.
Since 2011, Lê has been a member of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles Lettres – a French academic association devoted to the humanities.
In March, he was granted a medal by the Académie des Inscription et des Belles Lettres (Academy of Inscriptions and Belles Lettres) for his significant contributions to the preservation of Việt Nam’s historical and cultural heritage and for his devoted social science research.
The 1,500-page book Vùng Đất Nam Bộ - Quá Trình Hình Thành và Phát Triển was published last year by the National Politics – Truth Publishing House.
Giàu, born in 1911 in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Long An, was former secretary of the Việt Nam Communist Party in the south of Việt Nam and chairman of the South Việt Nam’s Resistance Committee.
He is the author of many scholarly and philosophical works about Việt Nam, especially about the south, as well as the teacher of many leading researchers and historians across the country.
In 2002, Giàu and his family set up the prize to encourage and honour research on Vietnamese history and culture. — VNS