Redirecting the revolution? The USA and the failure of nation-building in South Vietnam

  title={Redirecting the revolution? The USA and the failure of nation-building in South Vietnam},
  author={Michael E. Latham},
  journal={Third World Quarterly},
  pages={27 - 41}
  • Michael E. Latham
  • Published 1 February 2006
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • Third World Quarterly
Abstract This article will examine the ideology and practice of the USA's nation-building campaign in South Vietnam in the 1960s. Specifically, it will analyse the way in which US officials and social scientists conceived of development and promoted it as a weapon for anti-communist counter-insurgency. Convinced that they could modernise South Vietnam in ways that would undercut the sources of the revolution and create a liberal, capitalist state, they embarked on a comprehensive programme of… 
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