This essay examines Việt Minh deployment of propaganda on race hatred and cannibalism during the First Indochina War (1945––1954). It evaluates the literature on the First Indochina War and on historical institutionalism for its ability to help explain this propaganda. It then focuses on the war for the Mekong Delta, arguing that weak state control led to continued violence and the breakdown of social trust. The paper then brings culture into the explanation, arguing that the circulation of these propaganda texts makes sense only when we delve into the cultural and social history of the Mekong Delta.
Research Article| October 01 2009
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Shawn McHale; Understanding the Fanatic Mind? The Việt Minh and Race Hatred in the First Indochina War (1945––1954). Journal of Vietnamese Studies 1 October 2009; 4 (3): 98–138. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/vs.2009.4.3.98
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