Saturday, November 20, 2004

Fact of the Day: Vietnam's Last Emperor

Bao Dai (b. 1914), was the last emperor (1926-1945) of the Nguyen dynasty in Vietnam. After 1932 he was permitted to exercise limited powers under the French colonial regime, but in August 1945 he was compelled to abdicate by representatives of the new Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
The Encyclopedia of Asian History. Asia Society and Charles Scribner's Sons.

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