Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, 1919-1950 / Edition 1

Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, 1919-1950 / Edition 1

by Mark Philip Bradley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807825492

ISBN-13: 9780807825495

Pub. Date: 09/18/2000

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807825495
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/18/2000
Series:
New Cold War History Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: Liberty and the Making of Postcolonial Order3
1European Wind, American Rain: The United States in Vietnamese Anticolonial Discourse10
2Representing Vietnam: The Interwar American Construction of French Indochina45
3Trusteeship and the American Vision of Postcolonial Vietnam73
4Self-Evident Truths?: Vietnam, America, and the August Revolution of 1945107
5Improbable Opportunities: Vietnamese and American Diplomacy in the Postcolonial Moment146
Conclusion: Becoming Postcolonial in a Cold War World177
Notes193
Bibliography261
Index297

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