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Inventing Vietnam


  • 15 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 276 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.38 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521716901)

  • Also available in Hardback
  • Published April 2008

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Acknowledgments page vii
1 Introduction: Inventing Vietnam 1
2 The Cold War, Colonialism, and the Origins of the American Commitment to Vietnam, 1945–1954 20
The End of Colonialism, the Cold War, and Vietnam 21
Making the World Safe through Development 24
Intellectuals, Modernization, and the Third World 32
The State of Vietnam: History, Geography, and Imperialism 37
Inventing Vietnam: The United States and State Building 42
3 “The Needs Are Enormous, the Time Short”: Michigan State University, the U.S. Operations Mission, State Building, and Vietnam 46
Collective Security and Crafting Consensus 49
“The Needs Are Enormous, the Time Short”: Michigan State University in Vietnam 53
Conclusion 79
4 Surviving the Crises: Southern Vietnam, 1958–1960 82
The American Mission and Building Vietnam 84
Inventing Vietnam and the Politics of Aid 95
My-Diem and the Rise of the Insurgency 105
Conclusion 111
5 “A Permanent Mendicant”: Southern Vietnam, 1960–1963 113
Southern Vietnam in the Decade of Development 114
Counterinsurgency, Strategic Hamlets, and the Militarization of U.S. Policy 117
The Political Economy of State Building 129
Conclusion: Political Collapse and the Fall of Diem 143
6 A Period of Shakedown: Southern Vietnam, 1963–1965 149
“Stable Government or No Stable Government”: Rescuing Southern Vietnam from the Vietnamese 150
“The Construction Miracle of the Decade”: The Military Buildup and Inventing Vietnam 155
“The Works of Peace”: The Mekong Delta and the Politics of War 165
“Long Since…Dependent on U.S. Aid” 174
Conclusion 177
7 The Paradox of Construction and Destruction: Southern Vietnam, 1966–1968 181
“RMK-BRJ Is Changing the Face of South Viet Nam” 182
“Not Much More Than a Drop in the Bucket”: Refugees, Pacification, and the “Other War” in Southern Vietnam 205
“A National Symphony of Theft, Corruption, and Bribery” 219
Conclusion 228
Epilogue: War, Politics, and the End in Vietnam 232
The Tet Offensive 240
Leaving Vietnam Undone 242
Bibliography 249
Index 263

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