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Vietnam's Communist Revolution
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By tracing the evolving worldview of Vietnamese communists over 80 years as they led Vietnam through wars, social revolution, and peaceful development, this book shows the depth and resilience of their commitment to the communist utopia in their foreign policy. Unearthing new material from Vietnamese archives and publications, this book challenges the conventional scholarship and the popular image of the Vietnamese revolution and the Vietnam War as being driven solely by patriotic inspirations. The revolution not only saw successes in defeating foreign intervention, but also failures in bringing peace and development to Vietnam. This was, and is, the real tragedy of Vietnam. Spanning the entire history of the Vietnamese revolution and its aftermath, this book examines its leaders' early rise to power, the tumult of three decades of war with France, the US, and China, and the stubborn legacies left behind which remain in Vietnam today.

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'Vietnam's Communist Revolution is a path-breaking book in several respects. It is the first study in over a generation to cover the entire century-long history of the Vietnamese communist party from its inception after World War I until the present. Its use of vernacular-language primary documents to tell this important tale is unrivaled. Moreover, it deploys this rich source base to undermine an ossified, politicized conventional wisdom about Vietnamese communism that has endured since the War era. And it suggests a persuasive alternative. This book is a game changer in multiple fields.'

Peter Zinoman - University of California, Berkeley

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Contents

  • 1 - Revolutionary Paths through the Mind, 1917–1930
    pp 31-61

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