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Global Development at War: The United States and South Vietnam’s Struggle for Survival, 1968-1975

  • Columbia University - International Affairs Building, Room 918 420 West 118th Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Simon Toner offers a reinterpretation of the final years of the American War in Vietnam. Between 1968-1975, the United States and its South Vietnamese ally deployed development projects to shore up the Saigon regime’s authoritarian rule, and to foster an anti-Communist community in preparation for political competition with the Vietnamese Communists. In doing so, U.S. and South Vietnamese officials drew on the development experiences of anti-Communist regimes throughout Asia. The failure of these projects, more so than military setbacks, accounts for the collapse of South Vietnam in April 1975.