Vietnam's Lost Revolution : Ngo Dinh Diem's Failure to Build an Independent Nation, 1955-1963 Hardback
Part of the Cambridge Studies in US Foreign Relations series
Vietnam's Lost Revolution employs newly-released archival material from Vietnam to examine the rise and fall of the Special Commissariat for Civic Action in the First Republic of Vietnam, and in so doing reassesses the origins of the Vietnam War.
A cornerstone of Ngo Dinh Diem's presidency, Civic Action was intended to transform Vietnam into a thriving, modern, independent, noncommunist Southeast Asian nation.
Geoffrey Stewart juxtaposes Diem's revolutionary plan with the conflicting and competing visions of Vietnam's postcolonial future held by other indigenous groups.
He shows how the government failed to gain legitimacy within the peasantry, ceding the advantage to the communist-led opposition and paving the way for the American military intervention in the mid-1960s.
This book provides a richer and more nuanced analysis of the origins of the Vietnam War in which internal struggles over national identity, self-determination, and even modernity itself are central.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 278 pages, 3 Maps; 5 Halftones, black and white; 3 Line drawings, black and white
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 24/03/2017
- Category: Asian history
- ISBN: 9781107097889