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Building South Vietnam

Building South Vietnam

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction Building South Vietnam
Source:
Aid Under Fire
Author(s):
Jessica Elkind
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813165837.003.0001

The introduction presents the key arguments and themes of the book.It examines the basic US approach to Vietnam and demonstrates how US nation-building activities in South Vietnam fit into broader modernization efforts, especially during the first decades of the Cold War.It discusses the relevant scholarship on US involvement in Vietnam as well as modernization and nation building and explains how this book fits into and contributes to that literature.It also introduces the various civilian organizations tasked with carrying out official nation-building policies.Finally, it provides an overview of the South Vietnamese–US relationship as well as the political and cultural landscape in which American aid workers in Vietnam operated.

Keywords:   Modernization, Nation building, Cold War, Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Aid workers, Ngo Dinh Diem

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