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Replacing FranceThe Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam$
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Kathryn C. Statler

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124407

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124407.001.0001

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The Diem Experiment

The Diem Experiment

(p.116) (p.117) 4 The Diem Experiment
Replacing France

Kathryn C. Statler

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the Diem Experiment. It began on July 7, 1954, when Ngo Dinh Diem, the Prime Minister of South Vietnam, took control of the South Vietnamese government. During the initial stages, Diem inspired little confidence in the South Vietnamese, Americans, and French, but the Eisenhower administration welcomed Diem's rise to power. The Mendès France government did not, however, since it saw Diem as a risky experiment. The discussion looks at Diem's appointment and the events that unfolded during the course of the Diem experiment.

Keywords:   Diem Experiment, Ngo Dinh Diem, South Vietnamese government, Eisenhower administration, Mendès government

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