This paper is one of a series of Working Papers published by the Cold War International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
As vividly depicted by James Scott (1998), environmental transformation and the utilization of natural resources for development have, in modern human history, often been driven by the high-modernist world views of (authoritarian) govern-ments.
This monograph was originally published as the September 1972 issue of Southeast Asian Perspectives, a publication of the American Friends of Vietnam
Vietnam was one of America’s most controversial and divisive wars. It was also one of the longest. For nearly 30 years, from 1944 to 1973, the United States was either indirectly or directly involved militarily and politically in Vietnam.
On 23 October 1955, South Vietnam’s citizens took to the polls to choose between the country’s obsolete Emperor and its far-from-popular Prime Minister Ngo Dinh Diem.
Inthemonthsfollowingthe 1954 partitionofVietnam,nearlyonemillionpeople ﬂedtheirhomesnorthoftheseventeenthparallel,hopingforbetterandmore securelivesinthesouth.
Vietnamese shopping center in Virginia (mj*laflaca/Flickr). Within the past four decades, the once-tiny population of Vietnamese immigrants in the United States has grown into one of the country’s largest foreign-born groups.
Submitted to the Graduate College of Bowling Green State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of