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Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, 1919-1950 (New Cold War History)

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In this study of the encounter between Vietnam and the United States from 1919 to 1950, Mark Bradley fundamentally reconceptualizes the origins of the Cold War in Vietnam and the place of postcolonial Vietnam in the history of the twentieth century. Among the first Americans granted a visa to undertake research in Vietnam since the war, Bradley draws on newly available Vietnamese-language primary sources and interviews as well as archival materials from France, Great Britain, and the United States.

Bradley uses these sources to reveal an imagined America that occupied a central place in Vietnamese political discourse, symbolizing the qualities that revolutionaries believed were critical for reshaping their society. American policymakers, he argues, articulated their own imagined Vietnam, a deprecating vision informed by the conviction that the country should be remade in America's image.

Contrary to other historians, who focus on the Soviet-American rivalry and ignore the policies and perceptions of Vietnamese actors, Bradley contends that the global discourse and practices of colonialism, race, modernism, and postcolonial state-making were profoundly implicated in—and ultimately transcended—the dynamics of the Cold War in shaping Vietnamese-American relations.

Synopsis:

A pioneering effort.

Reviews in American History Recommended reading for any serious student of culture, diplomacy, intellectual history, and the making of the postcolonial world.

Journal of Military History Splendid book.

Choice Bradley's effort to place American?Vietnamese relations in a broader context is welcome.

New York Times Book Review Bradley scrupulously analyzes the scholarship of the postcolonial period of Vietnam's turbulent history and the cataclysmic events that followed.

Library Journal

Synopsis:

In this study of the encounter between Vietnam and the United States from 1919 to 1950, Mark Bradley fundamentally reconceptualizes the origins of the Cold War in Vietnam and the place of postcolonial Vietnam in the history of the twentieth century. Bradley draws on newly available Vietnamese-language primary sources and interviews as well as archival materials from France, Great Britain, and the United States.

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Lewis Gaddis

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction: Liberty and the Making of Postcolonial Order

Chapter 1. European Wind, American Rain: The United States in Vietnamese Anticolonial Discourse

Chapter 2. Representing Vietnam: The Interwar American Construction of French Indochina

Chapter 3. Trusteeship and the American Vision of Postcolonial Vietnam

Chapter 4. Self-Evident Truths? Vietnam, America, and the August Revolution of 1945

Chapter 5. Improbable Opportunities: Vietnamese and American Diplomacy in the Postcolonial Moment

Conclusion: Becoming Postcolonial in a Cold War World

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807848616
Foreword:
Gaddis, John Lewis
Author:
Gaddis, John Lewis
Author:
Bradley, Mark Philip
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Vietnam
Subject:
Southeast Asia
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
Vietnam; Cold War; Vietnamese-language; Vietnamese-American relations; Asian studies; political studies; diplomacy
Subject:
United States Foreign relations.
Subject:
United States Foreign relations Vietnam.
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
Vietnamese language
Subject:
Vietnamese-American relations
Subject:
Asian studies
Subject:
political studies
Subject:
Diplomacy
Subject:
World History-Southeast Asia
Subject:
Vietnamese-American re
Subject:
lations
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
New Cold War History (Paperback)
Series Volume:
VT203
Publication Date:
September 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Product details 320 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807848616 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A pioneering effort.

Reviews in American History Recommended reading for any serious student of culture, diplomacy, intellectual history, and the making of the postcolonial world.

Journal of Military History Splendid book.

Choice Bradley's effort to place American?Vietnamese relations in a broader context is welcome.

New York Times Book Review Bradley scrupulously analyzes the scholarship of the postcolonial period of Vietnam's turbulent history and the cataclysmic events that followed.

Library Journal

"Synopsis" by , In this study of the encounter between Vietnam and the United States from 1919 to 1950, Mark Bradley fundamentally reconceptualizes the origins of the Cold War in Vietnam and the place of postcolonial Vietnam in the history of the twentieth century. Bradley draws on newly available Vietnamese-language primary sources and interviews as well as archival materials from France, Great Britain, and the United States.
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