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America's Miracle Man in Vietnam: Ngo Dinh Diem, Religion, Race, and U.S. Intervention in Southeast Asia, 1950-1957 (American Encounters/Global Interactions)

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Americaandrsquo;s Miracle Man in Vietnam rethinks the motivations behind one of the most ruinous foreign-policy decisions of the postwar era: Americaandrsquo;s commitment to preserve an independent South Vietnam under the premiership of Ngo Dinh Diem. The so-called Diem experiment is usually ascribed to U.S. anticommunism and an absence of other candidates for South Vietnamandrsquo;s highest office. Challenging those explanations, Seth Jacobs utilizes religion and race as categories of analysis to argue that the alliance with Diem cannot be understood apart from Americaandrsquo;s mid-century religious revival and policymakersandrsquo; perceptions of Asians. Jacobs contends that Diemandrsquo;s Catholicism and the extent to which he violated American notions of andldquo;Orientalandrdquo; passivity and moral laxity made him a more attractive ally to Washington than many non-Christian South Vietnamese with greater administrative experience and popular support.

A diplomatic and cultural history, Americaandrsquo;s Miracle Man in Vietnam draws on government archives, presidential libraries, private papers, novels, newspapers, magazines, movies, and television and radio broadcasts. Jacobs shows in detail how, in the 1950s, U.S. policymakers conceived of Cold War anticommunism as a crusade in which Americans needed to combine with fellow Judeo-Christians against an adversary dangerous as much for its atheism as for its military might. He describes how racist assumptions that Asians were culturally unready for democratic self-government predisposed Americans to excuse Diemandrsquo;s dictatorship as necessary in andldquo;the Orient.andrdquo; By focusing attention on the role of American religious and racial ideologies, Jacobs makes a crucial contribution to our understanding of the disastrous commitment of the United States to andldquo;sink or swim with Ngo Dinh Diem.andrdquo;

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Argues that American cultural conceptions of religion and race during the 1950s played a crucial role in framing an ideology through which U.S. policymakers understood their options in Vietnam.

About the Author

Seth Jacobs is Assistant Professor of History at Boston College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822334408
Author:
Jacobs, Seth
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Editor:
Gilbert M. Joseph
Author:
Rosenberg, Emily S.
Author:
Jacobs
Author:
Joseph, Gilbert M.
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Foreign relations
Subject:
United States Foreign relations 1953-1961.
Subject:
Vietnam (Republic) - Foreign relations -
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
American Encounters/Global Interactions
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
28 bandw photos
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » General
History and Social Science » Military » Vietnam War
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » US History » 1960 to 1980
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General

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