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Building a Colony

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/9780813124407.003.0009
Building a Colony

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This chapter discusses the efforts of the U.S. agencies to modernize and Westernize South Vietnam and imprint American values and culture on the Vietnamese people. At the same time, the Eisenhower administration had replaced the French colonial presence in South Vietnam with an American neocolonial one. It is noted that the Americans mostly stepped into places the French had vacated as they attempted to build South Vietnam on an American rather than a French model.

Keywords: U.S. agencies; South Vietnam; Eisenhower administration; neocolonial presence; modernize; Westernize; American values

Chapter.  11400 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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