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Cauldron of Resistance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and 1950s Southern Vietnam

Jessica M. Chapman

Abstract

In 1955, Ngo Dinh Diem organized an election to depose chief-of-state Bao Dai, after which he proclaimed himself the first president of the newly created Republic of Vietnam. The United States sanctioned the results of this election, which was widely condemned as fraudulent, and provided substantial economic aid and advice to the RVN. Because of this, Diem is often viewed as a mere puppet of the United States, in service of its Cold War geopolitical strategy. That narrative, the book contends, grossly oversimplifies the complexity of South Vietnam's domestic politics and, indeed, Diem's own po ... More

Keywords: political order, Ngo Dinh Diem, Republic of Vietnam, Cold War, South Vietnam, politics, Bao Dai, anticommunism, Vietnam War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450617
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450617.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica M. Chapman, author
ssistant Professor of History, Williams College