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Southeast Asia 2,1 (win 1972). Special issue: ethnographic studies of the ethnic minorities of Vietnam.

Anderson, David L. "Eisenhower, Dienbienphu, & the origins of US military intervention in Vietnam," Mid-America 71 (4-7/89):101-17.

Bernstein, Daniel. "The defrocking of Tom Dooley: a biographical sketch," Gateway Heritage 9 (win 1988-89):28-37.

Brotel, Dieter. "Indochina (Vietnam) between national independence & colonial continuity, 1940-1954," in Krebs & Oberlander (eds.) 1945 in Europe & Asia: Reconsidering the End of World War II & the Change of World Order (Munich, 1997).

Buu Loc. "Aspects of the Vietnamese problem," Pacific Affairs 25 (1952):235-47.

Clementin, J.R. "The nationalist dilemma in Vietnam," Pacific Affairs 23 (1950):294-310.

Condominas, Georges. "Aspects of a minority problem in Indochina," Pacific Affairs 24 (1951):77-82.

Duiker, William J. "Hanoi scrutinizes the past: the Marxist evaluation of Phan Boi Chau & Phan Chu Trinh," Southeast Asia 1,3 (sum 71):243-56.

Fall, Bernard. "Local administration under the Viet Minh," Pacific Affairs 27 (1954):50-57.

__________. "The political-religious sects of Vietnam," Pacific Affairs 28 (1955):235-53.

__________. "South Vietnam's internal problems," Pacific Affairs 31 (1958):241-60.

Gordon, Alec. "The role of class struggle in North Vietnam," Monthly Review 29,8 (1/78):22-34.

Hagan, Roger. "Counter-insurgency & the 'new' foreign relations," Viet Report 1,2 (1965).

Hill, Frances R. "Millennarian machines in South Vietnam," Comparative Studies in Society & History 123 (1971):325-50.

Hue-Tam Ho Tai. "Religion in Vietnam: a world of gods & spirits," Vietnam Forum 10 (sum-fall 87):113-45.

Hunt, David. "Village culture & the Vietnamese Revolution," Past & Present 94 (2/82):131-57.

Jackson, Larry R. "The Vietnamese Revolution & the Montagnards," Asian Survey 9,5 (5/69):313-30.

Joiner, Charles A. "South Vietnam's Buddhist crisis: organization for charity, dissidence & unity," Asian Survey 4,7 (7/64):915-28.

Marr, David. "Political attitudes & activities of young urban intellectuals in South Vietnam," Asian Survey 6,5 (5/66):249-63.

__________. "Vietnamese historical reassessment, 1900-1944," in Reid & Marr (eds.) Perceptions of the Past in Southeast Asia (Singapore, 1979), pp. 313-39.

McDermott, John. "Profile of Vietnamese history," Viet Report 1,1-2 (1965).

__________. "Welfare imperialism in Vietnam," Nation (7/25/66):76-88.

Monthly Review editors. "Lessons of Vietnam," Monthly Review 37,2 (6/85):1-13.

Newsinger, John. "The British intervention in Vietnam, 1945-1946," Monthly Review 43,2 (6/91):29-39.

Pitts, Forrest R. "The 'logic' of the 17th parallel as a boundary in Indochina," Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers 18 (1956):42-56.

Pluvier, Jan. "The Vietnamese War of Independence (1945-54) & historical objectivity," Journal of Contemporary Asia 3,3 (1973).

Race, Jeffrey. "The origins of the 2nd Indochina War," Asian Survey 10,5 (1970):359-82.

Ramsey, Russel W. "Indochina: historical origins of the Viet Minh," in Peasant Revolution, 1950-1954 (NY, 1969).

Scigliano, Robert G. "Political parties in South Vietnam under the Republic," Pacific Affairs 33,4 (1960):327-46.

Smith, R.B. "The Vietnamese elite of French Indochina, 1943," Modern Asian Studies 6,4 (1972):459-82.

__________. "The work of the Provisional Government of Vietnam, 8-12/1945," Modern Asian Studies 12,4 (10/78).

__________. "China & Southeast Asia: the revolutionary perspective, 1951," Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 19 (3/88):97-110.

Spoor, Max. "Finance in a socialist transition: the case of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (1955-1964)," Journal of Contemporary Asia 17,3 (1987):339-65.

Ungar, E.S. "The struggle over the Chinese community in Vietnam, 1946-1986," Pacific Affairs 60 (win 1987-88)596-614.

White, Gilbert F. "Lower Mekong. Proposal for a peaceful & honorable resolution of the conflict in South Vietnam," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (12/64).

Wiesner, Louis A. "Vietnam: exodus from the North & movement to the North, 1954-55," Vietnam Forum 11 (win-spr 88):214-43.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Burchett, Wilfred. North of the 17th Parallel (rev. ed.; Hanoi: Red River, 1957).

__________. Mekong Upstream: A Visit to Laos & Cambodia (Berlin: Seven Seas, 1959).

__________. The Furtive War: The US in Vietnam & Laos (NY: International, 1963).

__________. My Visit to the Liberated Zones of South Vietnam (Hanoi: Foreign Languages, 1964).

__________. Vietnam: The Inside Story of the Guerrilla War (NY: International, 1965).

__________. Vietnam North (NY: International, 1966).

Chaliand, Gérard. The Peasants of North Vietnam (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1965).

Chen, King C. Vietnam & China, 1938-1954 (

Chesneaux, Jean. The Vietnamese Nation: Contribution to a History (trans. Malcolm Salmon; Sydney: Current Book, 1966).

__________. Le Vietnam: études de politique et d'histoire (Paris: F. Maspero, 1968).

__________. Tradition et révolution au Vietnam (Paris: Anthropos, 1971).

Condominas, Georges. We Have Eaten the Forest: The Story of a Montagnard Village in the Central Highlands of Vietnam [1957] (NY, 1977).

Coughlin, Richard J. The Position of Women in Vietnam (New Haven, 1950).

Deane, Hugh. The War in Vietnam (NY, 1963).

Devillers, Phillippe & Jean Lacouture. End of a War: Indochina, 1954 (NY, 1969). Details on Second Indochinese War & Geneva peace conference.

Duiker, William J. Historical Dictionary of Vietnam (Metuchen NJ, 1989).

__________, US Containment Policy & the Conflict in Vietnam (Stanford, 1994).

Duncanson, Dennis J. Government & Revolution in Vietnam (London: Oxford, 1968). Well-documented anti-Communist view.

Fall, Bernard. The Viet-Minh Regime. Government & Administration in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (NY: Institute for Pacific Relations, 1956).

__________. The Two Viet-Nams. A Political & Military Analysis (NY: Praeger, 1964).

__________. Street Without Joy: Insurgency in Indochina, 1946-1963, (Harrisburg PA: Stackpole, 1964).

__________. Viet-Nam Witness, 1953-1966 (NY, 1966).

__________ (ed.) Ho Chi Minh on Revolution. Selected Writings, 1920-1966 (NY: Praeger, 1967).

__________. Last Reflections on a War (NY: Doubleday, 1967).

Fishel, Wesley R. (ed.) Vietnam: Anatomy of a Conflict (Itasca IL, 1968). Invaluable collection of primary documents since 1954.

Fisher, James T. Dr. America. The Lives of Thomas A. Dooley, 1927-1961 (Amherst MA, 1997).

Fitzgerald, Frances. Fire in the Lake (NY, 1972).

Gettleman, Marvin E. (ed.) Vietnam: History, Documents & Opinions on a Major World Crisis (NY, 1965).

Gourou, Pierre. The Tropical World (London, 1953). Geographer's researches centered on Vietnam.

Hammer, Ellen J. The Struggle for Indochina, 1950-1955 (Stanford, 1966).

__________. A Death in November. America in Vietnam, 1963 (NY: Oxford, 1988).

Hendry, James B. The Small World of Khanh Hau (Chicago, 1964). Village in the Mekong Delta

Hess, Gary. The US Emergence as a Southeast Asian Power, 1940-1950 (NY, 1987).

Hickey, Geral Cannon. Sons of the Moountains. Ethnohistory of the Vietnamese Central Highlands to 1954 (New Haven: Yale, 1982).

__________. Kingdom in the Morning Mist: Mayrena in the Highlands of Vietnam (Philadelphia, 1988).

Honey, P.J. Genesis of a Tragedy. The Historical Background to the Vietnam War (London, 1968).

Hue-Tam Ho Tai. Radicalism & the Origins of the Vietnamese Revolution (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 1992).

Huynh Kim Kanh. Vietnamese Communism, 1925-1945 (Ithaca: Cornell, 1982).

Kahin, George McT. & John W. Lewis. The US in Vietnam (NY, 1967).

Karnow, Stanley. Vietnam: A History. The First Complete Account of Vietnam at War (NY, 1983).

Lacouture, Jean. Ho Chi Minh (NY, 1968).

__________. Vietnam: Between Two Truces (NY, 196?).

Lancaster, Donald. The Emancipation of French Indochina, 1946-54 (London, 1961).

Luong, Hy V. Revolution in the Village: Tradition & Transformation in North Vietnam, 1925-1988 (Honolulu, 1992).

Marr, David G. Vietnam 1945: The Quest for Power (Berkeley: U. California, 1995).

McAlister, John T. Jr. Vietnam: The Origins of Revolution (NY, 1971).

__________ & Paul Mus. The Vietnamese & Their Revolution (NY, 1970).

Nguyen Khai Vien. Tradition & Revolution in Vietnam (Berkeley, 1974).

Nordell, John R. Jr. The Undetected Enemy: French & American Miscalculations at Dien Bien Phu, 1953 (Boulder, 1995).

Osborne, Milton E. Strategic Hamlets in South Viet-Nam: A Survey & a Comparison (Cornell Southeast Asia Data Paper 55; Ithaca, 1965).

Paige, Jeffery M. Agrarian Revolution. Social Movements & Export Agriculture in the Underdeveloped World (NY, 1975), chap. on the sharecroppers of Vietnam.

Pelley, Patricia M. Postcolonial Vietnam: New Histories of the National Past (Durham NC: Duke, 2002).

Popkin, Samuel L. The Rational Peasant. The Political Economy of Rural Society in Vietnam (Berkeley: U. California, 1979). Cf. the "moral economy" view of J.C. Scott.

Raskin, Marcus G. & Bernard B. Fall (eds.) The Vietnam Reader (NY, 1965).

Rathausky, Rima (ed.) Documents of the August 1945 Revolution in Vietnam (Canberra, 1963).

Rotter, Andrew J. The Path to Vietnam. Origins of the American Commitment to Southeast Asia (Ithaca, 1989?).

Scheer, Robert. How the US Got Involved in Vietnam (?, 1965).

Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr. The Bitter Heritage: Vietnam & American Democracy, 1941-1968 (Greenwich CT, 1966).

Scholl-Latour, Peter. Death in the Rice Fields: An Eyewitness Account of Vietnam's Three Wars, 1945-1979 (NY, 1985).

Scigliano, Robert. South Vietnam: Nation Under Stress (NY, 1963).

Scott, James C. The Moral Economy of the Peasant. Rebellion & Subsistence in Southeast Asia (New Haven: Yale, 1979).

Sheehan, Susan. Ten Vietnamese (NY, 1966).

Shiraishi, Masaya. Japanese Relations with Vietnam, 1951-1987 (Ithaca: Cornell, 1990).

Shiraishi, Takashi & Motoo Furuta (eds.) Indochina in the 1940's & 1950's (Ithaca: Cornell U., 1992). Japanese scholarship in translation.

Short, Anthony. The Origins of the Vietnam War (London, 1989).

Smith, R.B. An International History of the Vietnam War. Revolution vs. Containment, 1955-1961 (London, 1984).

Snow, Edgar. War & Peace in Vietnam (NY: Marzani & Munsell, 1963).

Thrift, Nigel & Dean Forbes. The Price of War. Urbanization in Vietnam, 1954-1985 (Winchester, 1987).

Tran Tu Binh. The Red Earth. A Vietnamese Memoir of Life on a Colonial Rubber Plantation (Athens OH, 1985).

Turner, Robert F. Vietnamese Communism: Its Origins & Development (Stanford: Stanford U., 1975).

Williams, William A. (ed.) America in Vietnam: A Documentary History (NY, 1985).

Zasloff, Tela. Saigon Dreaming. Recollections of Indochina Days (NY, 1990). Saigon in 1964, just before the arrival of US combat forces.

In the Library: Fiction

Greene, Graham. The Quiet American (NY: ). Vietnam in the 50's.

Kaiko, Takeshi. Into a Black Sun (Tokyo, 1988). Japanese journalist's novel of Vietnam in 1964-65.

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Film & Video

"Death Squadrons: The French School" [2003], dir. Marie-Monique Robin, 60m. From First Run/Icarus. Impact on Latin America of counter-insurgency lessons from Algeria & Indochina.

"Indochine" [1992], dir. Regis Wargnier, 156m. In video stores. French colonial society in South Vietnam.

"The Quiet American' [2002], dir. Phillip Noyce, ?m.

"The Scent of Green Papaya" [1993], dir. Tran Anh Hung. In video stores. Domestic servant life in Saigon during the 1950s.

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