‘Only Religions Count in Vietnam’: Thich Tri Quang and the Vietnam War

  title={‘Only Religions Count in Vietnam’: Thich Tri Quang and the Vietnam War},
  author={James W. McAllister},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={751 - 782}
  • J. McAllister
  • Published 1 July 2008
  • Political Science
  • Modern Asian Studies
Abstract Thich Tri Quang has long been one of the most controversial actors in the history of the Vietnam War. Scholars on the right have argued that Tri Quang was in all likelihood a communist agent operating at the behest of Hanoi. Scholars on the left have argued that Tri Quang was a peaceful religious leader devoted to democracy and a rapid end to the war. This article argues that neither of these interpretations is persuasive. As American officials rightly concluded throughout the war… 
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