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The Diem Experiment

Kathryn C. Statler

in Replacing France

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124407
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134772 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124407.003.0005
The Diem Experiment

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This chapter discusses the Diem Experiment. It began on July 7, 1954, when Ngo Dinh Diem, the Prime Minister of South Vietnam, took control of the South Vietnamese government. During the initial stages, Diem inspired little confidence in the South Vietnamese, Americans, and French, but the Eisenhower administration welcomed Diem's rise to power. The Mendès France government did not, however, since it saw Diem as a risky experiment. The discussion looks at Diem's appointment and the events that unfolded during the course of the Diem experiment.

Keywords: Diem Experiment; Ngo Dinh Diem; South Vietnamese government; Eisenhower administration; Mendès government

Chapter.  15759 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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