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Vietnam's Southern Revolution: From Peasant Insurrection to Total War, 1959-1968 (Culture, Politics, and the Cold War)
by David Hunt
This work offers a path-breaking analysis of the Vietnam War as experienced by the Vietnamese peasantry. Hunt brings to light the daily experience of villagers in the midst of war and revolution.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by University of Massachusetts Press
(first published January 1st 2009)
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The RAND corporation did some undercover work for the US government during the war in Vietnam interviewing captured VC and other insurgents (and, probably, some bystanders) and these interviews form the raw material from which mr. Hunt has put together this book. You can learn about the radical changes that French colonialism inflicted on peasants, artisans, the ruling classes and so forth from a more standard historical account (and you should, Hunt takes some basic knowledge for granted) but t ...more