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Introduction

David W. P. Elliott

in Changing Worlds

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195383348
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979172 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383348.003.0001
Introduction

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Looking at the causes and consequences of collective idea-change among Vietnam's political elite as a way of understanding how Vietnam made the transition from a rigidly orthodox Marxist-Leninist state and intransigent member of “the socialist camp,” in a sharply divided Cold War international system, to deep engagement with globalization in a world no longer clearly divided into friends and enemies. The Vietnam of the twenty-first century would have been inconceivable to either Vietnamese or foreign observers at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.

Keywords: two camps; socialist camp; aid; dependency; idea change; learners and adapters; performance based legitimacy; conservatives; reformers; wealth and power; falling behind

Chapter.  10905 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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