Imagining Vietnam and America
The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, 1919-1950
Mark Philip Bradley
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Subject: History | University of North Carolina
Print ISBN: 9.78E+12
eBook ISBN: 9780807860571
Bradley uses these sources to reveal an imagined America that occupied a central place in Vietnamese political discourse, symbolizing the qualities that revolutionaries believed were critical for reshaping their society. American policymakers, he argues, articulated their own imagined Vietnam, a deprecating vision informed by the conviction that the country should be remade in America's image.
Contrary to other historians, who focus on the Soviet-American rivalry and ignore the policies and perceptions of Vietnamese actors, Bradley contends that the global discourse and practices of colonialism, race, modernism, and postcolonial state-making were profoundly implicated in--and ultimately transcended--the dynamics of the Cold War in shaping Vietnamese-American relations.