A Companion to the Vietnam War (Blackwell Companions to by Marilyn B. Young, Robert Buzzanco

By Marilyn B. Young, Robert Buzzanco

A significant other to the Vietnam warfare includes twenty-four definitive essays on America's longest and such a lot divisive overseas clash. It represents the easiest present scholarship in this arguable and influential episode in glossy American historical past. Highlights problems with nationalism, tradition, gender, and race. Covers the breadth of Vietnam warfare historical past, together with American battle regulations, the Vietnamese viewpoint, the antiwar circulate, and the yank domestic entrance. Surveys and evaluates the simplest scholarship on each very important period and subject. features a decide upon bibliography to steer extra examine.

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On the other hand, there is ample evidence of Ho Chi Minh's conviction that socialism was the most appropriate developmental model for preindustrial societies in Asia and Mrica. Ho's oft-expressed admiration for the principles of the French and American revolutions should not disguise the reality that he was a lifetime critic of the capitalist system, a system that in his view had brutally exploited the peoples of Africa and Asia, and the working masses in Europe and the Americas as well. Whether he viewed the Soviet or the Maoist model as appropriate for application in Vietnam is a more difficult question.

Ho actively encouraged such views, declaring his admiration of American society in meetings with US visitors and even hinting a willingness to accept a US military and economic presence in a future independent Vietnam. To his colleagues, however, he presented a different message, underlining the importance of playing off one capitalist state against another as a means of dividing his potential adversaries. Never were Ho's diplomatic skills more in evidence than in his desperate struggle for national survival in the months following the end of the Pacific War.

In Hanoi today, Ho is presented as a symbol of revolutionary humanitarianism, an avuncular figure devoted to the welfare of his compatriots and to the liberation of all the oppressed and exploited peoples of the world. To many who met him, Vietnamese and foreigners alike, Ho was a "sweet guy" who, despite his prominence as a major world figure, was actually a selfless patriot with a lifelong commitment to the cause of bettering the lives ofhis fellow Vietnamese. Critics, however, point to the revolutionary excesses committed in his name, and accuse him ofbeing a chameleon personality, a wolf in sheep's clothing.

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