By Michael H. Hunt
An important new source for college students and lecturers of the Vietnam battle, this concise number of basic resources opens a precious window on an awfully advanced clash.
The fabrics accrued the following, from either the yank and Vietnamese aspects, remind readers that the clash touched the lives of many folks in quite a lot of social and political events and spanned plenty extra time than the last decade of direct U.S. strive against. certainly, the U.S. battle was once yet one section in a string of conflicts that diverse considerably in personality and geography. Michael Hunt brings jointly the perspectives of the conflict's disparate players--from Communist leaders, Vietnamese peasants, Saigon loyalists, and North Vietnamese squaddies to U.S. policymakers, squaddies, and critics of the battle. by way of permitting the members to talk, this quantity encourages readers to formulate their very own traditionally grounded realizing of a nonetheless arguable struggle.
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T h e s e t t i n g 15 — You mean you were a subversive? — Don’t be silly! I make revolution to overthrow the landlords who are oppressing and exploiting us, like Canton Chief Muon, and also to overthrow the French who have stolen our country from us. He explained to me at great length, but I did not understand anything more than that the Communists loved the poor and opposed the officials in the village. . . [In 1936] the movement was on the rise. People from many areas frequently came to hold meetings in my house.
State Department policy paper on postwar Asia, 22 June 1945 At the end of the war, political conditions in Indochina, and especially in the north, will probably be particularly unstable. The Indochinese independence groups, which may have been working against the Japanese, will quite possibly oppose the restoration of French control. . French policy toward Indochina will be dominated by the desire to reestablish control in order to reassert her prestige in the world as a great power. This purpose will be augmented by the potent influence of the Banque de l’Indochine and other economic interests.
If our people were to gain an honorable place among the peoples of the world, it would depend largely on us, on our efforts to study and learn and to contribute to the national family. It was a message that combined ardent and idealistic nationalism with a moving personal simplicity. Ho had created for us an atmosphere of family and country and had pointed to our own role in the great patriotic endeavor. . . . In my mind’s eye, I began to envision a radical westernization of Vietnam along the lines of Japan’s miraculous industrialization of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
A Vietnam War reader : a documentary history from American and Vietnamese perspectives by Michael H. Hunt