Friday, October 18, 2013, 4 - 6 pm

Duke University • East Campus • Carr Building •  Boyd Seminar Room

Lien-Hang Nguyen (University of Kentucky)

Le Duan's Struggles:
Toward a New International History of the Vietnam War

Vietnam Workers’ Party (VWP) First Secretary Le Duan led his country to full-scale war by outmaneuvering his opponents within the Party and military leadership in North Vietnam, subjugating the southern insurgency to Hanoi’s control, and silencing general dissent to his war policies. Divided into three parts, this paper will analyze Le Duan’s ascent to power and his efforts to promote revolutionary war, Party strategy, and Hanoi’s victory over the United States and its allies. Using never-before-seen materials from Vietnam, this paper parts he “bamboo curtain” that has long concealed strategy deliberation in Hanoi during its “Anti-American Resistance Struggle for Reunification and National Salvation.”

Lien-Hang Nguyen is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky. Her book Hanoi's War (UNC Press 2012) won the Stuart L. Bernath Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the Edward Coffman Prize from the Society for Military History.

Co-sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies