ISBN: 014133164X
EAN13: 9780141331645
Language: English
Publication Date: Jun 9, 2011
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.94" H x 6.77" L x 5.04" W
Weight: 0.53 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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In Vietnam, the American government vowed to win the hearts and minds of the people. On the other side, among those who led and sympathized with the insurgents, the term people's war gained a wide currency. Yet while much has been written about those who professed to speak for the Vietnamese population, we know surprisingly little about the everyday life of the peasants who made up the bulk of the country's inhabitants. This book illuminates that subject. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including interviews conducted by the Rand Corporation with informants from My Tho Province in the Mekong Delta, David Hunt brings to light the daily experience of villagers in the midst of war and revolution.The peasants of southern Vietnam were neither onlookers nor mere victims as fighting raged throughout their country. From the concerted uprising in 1959-1960 to the Tet Offensive of 1968, the revolutionary movement they created was in fact the driving force within the war. Known as the Viet Cong to their adversaries, the rebels called themselves the Liberation Front. They demanded an end to landlordism and an egalitarian distribution of the means of subsistence as well as a democratization of relations between town and countryside, parents and children, men and women. They hoped Read More chevron_right

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