Soviet disinformation & Ngô Đình Diệm: How Diệm first came to be known as an American ‘puppet’

While recent coverage of Russian disinformation published by its state-sponsored organizations has cast it as a new phenomenon, it is certainly not. Indeed, some Soviet disinformation was ingrained in historical scholarship during the Cold War. One concept, in particular, is that South Vietnamese President Ngô Đình Diệm was an American ‘puppet’ hand-picked by Washington in … More Soviet disinformation & Ngô Đình Diệm: How Diệm first came to be known as an American ‘puppet’

Redefining the Origins of the Vietnamese Civil War (and the conflict between Phan Bội Châu and Hồ Chí Minh in the 1920s-30s)

The fifth death anniversary of the revolutionary Phan Bội Châu took place in October 1945. This was the height of the Vietnamese revolution, a moment that conventional histories trace back to Phan Bội Chau’s assertive nationalism. It’s leaders – figures like Hồ Chí Minh, Võ Nguyên Giáp, and Trường Chinh — we are told were … More Redefining the Origins of the Vietnamese Civil War (and the conflict between Phan Bội Châu and Hồ Chí Minh in the 1920s-30s)

Law of the Jungle: Nguyễn Khắc Viện and the appeal of dictatorship in Nazi Germany

  Nguyễn Khắc Viện (1913-1997) was a doctor, writer, and propagandist for the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and, after 1976, for the unified Socialist Republic of Vietnam. In the West, Viện is often described in simplistic and kind terms that belie the complexity of his life and ideological positions. Like many of his contemporaries, he … More Law of the Jungle: Nguyễn Khắc Viện and the appeal of dictatorship in Nazi Germany