Archive for June 15, 2010

Article on Ngo Dinh Diem’s Rise to Power

Posted in Modern History, Politics, V. Arts & Culture, VII. Research with tags , , on June 15, 2010 by Ian Pham

For anyone who is interested in learning more about former South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, there is an excellent article about his political struggles titled Vision, Power, and Agency: The Ascent of Ngo Dinh Diem, 1945-54 by Edward Miller.  This artical examines the challenges and obstacles that Diem was faced with in his search for Vietnam’s Independence.

In the past several decades, scholars chose to characterize President Diem in many different ways.  Some called him corrupted, some called him reactionary, while others called him a puppet that was simply hand picked by the United States.  These perceptions of Diem however are made with bias and ill-intentions while others make reckless assumptions based on these distortions of facts and are therefore abstracted by these claims.

The evidence in this article points out that Ngo Dinh Diem went to great measures to achieve his politicial goals, travelling abroad and making numerous connections with many prominent individuals in Japan, France, and America.  Interestingly enough, this article even discusses Diem’s relationship with Ho Chi Minh, why Ngo Dinh Diem was such a threat to him, and why Ho Chi Minh tried to assassinate Diem on numerous occasions.

This is a brief summary on the article Vision, Power, and Agency: The Ascent of Ngo Dinh Diem, 1945-54. For the full story, feel free to read the article on the Research page or click on the link below.