Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 12:00pm
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
Alex-Thai D. Vo, PhD Candidate, Department of History, Cornell University
Revolution in the Village: Land Reform, Class Struggle and Transformation in North Vietnam, 1945-1960
Alex-Thai’s talk will examine the Democratic Republic of Vietnam’s (North Vietnam) mass mobilization and land reform policies to explore the rise of communist revolution in Vietnam and the violent transformation of that country from colonialism to communism between 1945 and 1960. Using archival sources along with newspapers, journals, memoirs, and interviews, he argues that land reform was the DRV’s most important domestic policy to transform North Vietnam’s society and political structure during the 15-year period following the end of World War II. It was orchestrated to mobilize popular support against French colonial rule, to incite class struggle among different social classes, to gain control over the population, and to prepare conditions to unify Vietnam under communist rule. The talk will depart from Western-centric understanding of the wars in Vietnam to emphasize the centrality of Vietnamese actors and to illuminate the significance of domestic politics in shaping the trajectories of national and international affairs, including the First and Second Indochina Wars.
Lunch will be provided.