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Making Two Vietnams
War and Youth Identities, 1965–1975


  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108470124

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  • North and South Vietnamese youths had very different experiences of growing up during the Vietnamese War. The book gives a unique perspective on the conflict through the prism of adult-youth relations. By studying these relations, including educational systems, social organizations, and texts created by and for children during the war, Olga Dror analyzes how the two societies dealt with their wartime experience and strove to shape their futures. She examines the socialization and politicization of Vietnamese children and teenagers, contrasting the North's highly centralized agenda of indoctrination with the South, which had no such policy, and explores the results of these varied approaches. By considering the influence of Western culture on the youth of the South and of socialist culture on the youth of the North, we learn how the youth cultures of both Vietnams diverged from their prewar paths and from each other.

    • The first systematic comparative study of youth culture in North and South Vietnam during the Vietnam War
    • Reveals the experiences of non-combatants during the Vietnam War
    • Based on extensive archival and textual work and an innovative methodology
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    'By focusing on 'youths', the future of a nation, and 'education', often described as a powerful weapon which can change the world, Olga Dror has opened a new window for our understanding of the Indochina wars and makes a significant contribution to the historiography of the warring years.' Ang Cheng Guan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

    'By bringing to light the sharply contrasting political education and experiences of youths in the two Vietnams, Olga Dror's pathbreaking and masterful study provides a key to understanding both the secret of Hanoi's victory in the civil war and the postwar failure of communism in Vietnam.' Tuong Vu, University of Oregon

    '… thoughtful, extensively researched and unflinchingly presented analysis, highly recommended especially for public and college library World History collections.' Midwest Book Review Bookwatch

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108470124
    • length: 338 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Educational systems of the DRV and the RVN
    2. Social organizations in the DRV and the RVN
    3. Publication venues and policies in the DRV and the RVN and prevalent currents in publications
    4. Educational and social narratives through texts in the DRV
    5. Educational and social narratives through texts in the RVN

  • Author

    Olga Dror, Texas A & M University
    Olga Dror is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Texas A & M University.

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