Voices from the Second Republic of South Vietnam (1967–1975)

Voices from the Second Republic of South Vietnam (1967–1975)

Edited by K. W. Taylor

The Republic of (South) Vietnam is commonly viewed as a unified entity throughout the two decades (1955–75) during which the United States was its main ally. However, domestic politics during that time followed a dynamic trajectory from authoritarianism to chaos to a relatively stable experiment in parliamentary democracy. The stereotype of South Vietnam that appears in most writings, both academic and popular, focuses on the first two periods to portray a caricature of a corrupt, unstable dictatorship and ignores what was achieved during the last eight years.

The essays in Voices from the Second Republic of South Vietnam (1967–1975) come from those who strove to build a constitutional structure of representative government during a war for survival with a totalitarian state. Those committed to realizing a noncommunist Vietnamese future placed their hopes in the Second Republic, fought for it, and worked for its success. This book is a step in making their stories known.

K. W. Taylor

Keith W. Taylor is Professor of Vietnamese Studies at Cornell University. He is the author of A History of the Vietnamese. 


Contributions:

Views of Seventeenth-Century Vietnam
Christoforo Borri on Cochinchina and Samuel Baron on Tonkin
Samuel Baron, Christoforo Borri
This volume introduces two of the earliest writings about Vietnam to appear in the English language. The reports come from narrators with different interests who are viewing different parts of Vietnam at an early stage of European involvement in the...



Essays into Vietnamese Pasts
Essays that demonstrate ways to "read" the pasts of Vietnam through detailed analyses of its art, chronicles, legends, documents, and monuments. The book's many voices undermine the idea of a single Vietnamese past. All the essays, while varied, are...



Indonesia Journal
October 1991



The "Kim Van Kieu" of Nguyen Du (1765–1820)
Nguyen Du
The first English-language translation of a defining masterpiece of Vietnamese literature.



Opusculum de Sectis apud Sinenses et Tunkinenses
A Small Treatise on the Sects among the Chinese and Tonkinese
Father Adriano di St. Thecla
This 1750 text, written by a Catholic missionary in Tonkin, is the earliest known systematic first-hand account of Vietnamese religious practice.