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Aid Under FireNation Building and the Vietnam War$
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Jessica Elkind

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813165837

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813165837.001.0001

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Building South Vietnam

Building South Vietnam

(p.1) Introduction Building South Vietnam
Aid Under Fire

Jessica Elkind

University Press of Kentucky

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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