3. Ho Chi Minh and Diem

Presidents Eisenhower and Diem

Eisenhower and Diem

After the partition of Indochina, Ho Chi Minh and Ngo Dinh Diem pursued alternate visions of statehood. Ho sought the creation of a communist state that increasingly favored the peasant class over other classes in Tonkin. Diem courted the middle and privileged classes with an anti-communist stance. Both sought outside assistance to aid with the turbulence of post war recovery and partition.

Reqired Readings

  • Herring, George C. America’s Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975. New York: Wiley, 1979. Chapter 2: “Our Offspring: Nation-Building in South Vietnam 1954-1961” (pp 43-72)
  • Elliott, Duong Van Mai. The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Chapter 14 “Short Peace, Long War” (pp 337-371)

Book Reviews

  • Moyar, Mark. Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • Duiker, William J. Sacred War: Nationalism and Revolution in a Divided Vietnam New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995.
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Additional Resources


One Response to “3. Ho Chi Minh and Diem”

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