Contested Territory: America’s Involvement in Vietnam, 1945–75 | Reading List
A National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for K–12 Educators
July 18–29, 2022 at the National Humanities Center
The following titles are assigned in support of individual seminars during the institute. Participants can access these readings in the Humanities in Class Digital Library.
- “Visit of President Ngo Dinh Diem of Free Vietnam.” Department of State Bulletin 36, no. 935 (May 27, 1957): 851-55.
- Alderman, Derek, Rodrigo Narro Perez, LaToya E. Eaves, Phil Klein, and Solange Muñoz. “Reflections on Operationalizing an Anti-Racism Pedagogy: Teaching as Regional Storytelling.” Journal of Geography in Higher Education 45, no. 2 (2020): 186–200.
- Balaban, John. “The Poetry of Vietnam.” Asian Art & Culture 7, no. 1 (1994): 27-43.
- Bradley, Mark. “Introduction: Liberty and the Making of Postcolonial Order.” In Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, 1919-1950, 19-25. New Cold War History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.
- Bradley, Mark. “European Wind, American Rain: The United States in the Vietnamese Anticolonial Discourse.” In Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, 1919-1950, 26-60. New Cold War History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.
- Bradley, Mark. “Trusteeship and the American Vision of Postcolonial Vietnam.” In Imagining Vietnam and America: The Making of Postcolonial Vietnam, 1919-1950, 89-122. New Cold War History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.
- Bunin, Chris. “Using Geospatial Technologies to Explore the Layers of Our Past.” American Historian (May 2018): 12-15.
- Chapman, Jessica M. “Destroying the Sources of Demoralization.” In Cauldron of Resistance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and 1950s Southern Vietnam, 86-115. United States in the World. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013.
- Goscha, Christopher. “A Tale of Two Republics.” In Vietnam: A New History, 273-303. New York: Basic Books, 2016.
- Goscha, Christopher. “Toward One Vietnam.” In Vietnam: A New History, 304-39. New York: Basic Books, 2016.
- Goscha, Chris. “The 30-Years War in Vietnam.” New York Times, February 7, 2017.
- Harper, T.N. “Prelude: On the Threshold of Free Asia, 1924.” In Underground Asia Global Revolutionaries and the Assault on Empire, 3-20. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2021.
- Hunt, Andrew E. “The Highest Form of Patriotism.” In The Turning: A History of Vietnam Veterans against the War, 5-32. New York: New York University Press, 1999.
- Jacobs, S. “‘Our System Demands the Supreme Being’: The U.S. Religious Revival and the ‘Diem Experiment,’ 1954–55.” Diplomatic History 25, no. 4 (2001): 589-624.
- Lee, Mai Na. “Hmong Competition Finds Revolutionary Voices in the Kingdom of Laos (1946-60).” In Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom: The Quest for Legitimation in French Indochina, 1850-1960, 275-303. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press: 2015.
- Lee, Mai Na. “The Women of ‘Dragon Capital’: Marriage Alliances and the Rise of Vang Pao.” In Claiming Place: On the Agency of Hmong Women, edited by Chia Vang, 87-116. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.
- Littmann, William. “Viewpoint: Walk This Way: Reconsidering Walking for the Study of Cultural Landscapes.” Building & Landscapes 27, no. 1 (2020): 3-16.
- Long, Ngo Vinh. “Vietnamese Perspectives.” In Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War, edited by Stanley I. Kutler, 592-611. U.S. History in Context; World History in Context. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1996.
- McHale, Shawn F. “Empire, Racial Survival and Race Hatred.” In The First Vietnam War: Violence, Sovereignty, and the Fracture of the South, 1945-1956, 131-52. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2021.
- Meinig, D.W. “The Beholding Eye: Ten Versions of the Same Scene.” In The Interpretation of Ordinary Landscapes: Geographical Essays, edited by D. W. Meinig, and John Brinckerhoff Jackson, 33-50. New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.
- Miller, Edward. “Vision, Power and Agency: The Ascent of Ngô Dình Diêm, 1945–54.” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 35, no. 3 (2004): 433–58.
- Murrieta-Flores, Patricia and Bruno Martins. “The Geospatial Humanities: Past, Present and Future.” International Journal of Geographical Information Science 33, no. 12 (2019): 2424-229.
- Ngo Vinh Long. “Legacies Foretold: Excavating the Roots of Postwar Viet Nam.” In Four Decades On: Vietnam, the United States, and the Legacies of the Second Indochina War, edited by Scott Laderman and Edwin Martini, 16-43. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013.
- Nguyen, An Thuy. “The Vietnam Women’s Movement for the Right to Live: A Non-communist Opposition Movement to the American War in Vietnam.” Critical Asian Studies 51, no. 1 (2019): 75-102.
- Nguyen, Viet Thanh. “War Years.” In The Refugees, 49-72. New York: Grove Press, 2017.
- Nhất Hạnh, Thích. “From a Letter by Thich Nhat Hanh Addressed to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., June 1, 1965.” In Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire, 106-108. New York: Hill and Wang, 1967.
- Scott, James. “Keeping the State at a Distance: The Peopling of the Hills.” In The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, 127-77. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009.
- Sterling, Eleanor, Martha Hurley, and Le Duc Minh. “An Introduction to Vietnam.” In Vietnam: A Natural History, 1-22. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006.
- Sterling, Eleanor, Martha Hurley, and Le Duc Minh. “Humans and the Environment.” In Vietnam: A Natural History, 23-44. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006.
- Wells, Tom. “1965.” In The War Within: America’s Battle Over Vietnam, 24-74. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.
- Wood, Denis. “Signs in the Service of the State.” In Rethinking the Power of Maps, 67-85. New York: Guilford Press, 2010.
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