The Lotus Unleashed: The Buddhist Peace Movement in South Vietnam, 1964-1966 / Edition 1

The Lotus Unleashed: The Buddhist Peace Movement in South Vietnam, 1964-1966 / Edition 1

by Robert J. Topmiller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813191661

ISBN-13: 9780813191669

Pub. Date: 11/01/2006

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

During the Vietnam War, Vietnamese Buddhist peace activists made extraordinary sacrifices-including self-immolation-to try to end the fighting. They hoped to establish a neutralist government that would broker peace with the Communists and expel the Americans. Robert J. Topmiller explores South Vietnamese attitudes toward the war, the insurgency, and U.S. intervention

Overview

During the Vietnam War, Vietnamese Buddhist peace activists made extraordinary sacrifices-including self-immolation-to try to end the fighting. They hoped to establish a neutralist government that would broker peace with the Communists and expel the Americans. Robert J. Topmiller explores South Vietnamese attitudes toward the war, the insurgency, and U.S. intervention, and lays bare the dissension within the U.S. military. The Lotus Unleashed is one of the few studies to illuminate the impact of internal Vietnamese politics on U.S. decision-making and to examine the power of a nonviolent movement to confront a violent superpower.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813191669
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
11/01/2006
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
0.52(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Introduction: Vietnamese Buddhism as a Political Force, 1963-19651
1Origins of the Buddhist Crisis of 196633
2Conservative Backlash53
3Confrontation in Danang: U.S. Marines and the Buddhist Struggle Movement71
4American Reassessment of Its Role in South Vietnam93
5Resolution121
Conclusion: The Movement Defeated?143
Notes153
Bibliography187
Index203

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