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Inventing Vietnam : the United States and State Building, 1954-1968

Author: James M Carter
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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This book considers the Vietnam war in light of U.S. foreign policy in Vietnam, concluding that the war was a direct result of failed state-building efforts. This U.S. nation building project began in the mid-1950s with the ambitious goal of creating a new independent, democratic, modern state below the 17th parallel. No one involved imagined this effort would lead to a major and devastating war in less than a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Carter, James M., 1968-
Inventing Vietnam.
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008
(DLC) 2007045446
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James M Carter
ISBN: 051139764X 9780511397646 9780511396878 0511396872 9780511809255 0511809255 9786611383442 6611383441
OCLC Number: 254161700
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 268 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. The Cold War, colonialism, and the origins of the American commitment to Vietnam, 1945-1954 --
3. 'The needs are enormous, the time short': Michigan State University, the United States operations mission, nation building, and Vietnam --
4. Surviving the crises: Southern Vietnam, 1958-1960 --
5. 'A permanent mendicant': Southern Vietnam, 1960-1963 --
6. A period of shakedown: Southern Vietnam, 1963-1965 --
7. The paradox of construction and destruction: Southern Vietnam 1966-1968 --
8. Epilogue: war, politics, and the end in Vietnam.
Responsibility: James M. Carter.
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Carter argues that the Vietnam war resulted from failed U.S. state-building efforts in Vietnam.  Read more...

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'... his work adds an important piece of understanding to the extremely complex jigsaw which was Vietnam at the time.' Asian Affairs

 
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