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Patronage, Passion, and the Power of Networks

Patronage, Passion, and the Power of Networks Eri CH dEw ald University Campus Suffolk Philippe M. F. Peycam. The Birth of Vietnamese Political Journalism: Saigon, 1916– 1930. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. 320 pp. $50 (cloth). Hue-Tam Ho Tai. Passion, Betrayal, and Revolution in Colonial Saigon: The Memoirs of Bao Luong . Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. 216 pp. $50 (cloth), $25 (paper/ebook). Beyond the rhetoric of patriotism and the persuasions of propaganda, what compelled so many Vietnamese to oppose French, communist, and Am -eri can hegemony? The existing literature tells us much about the norms, hab- its, policies, and organizations that existed during the late colonial period, when dynamic, modern voices of dissent and resistance began to be heard. Students of political rule and resistance in twentieth-century Vietnam have rich resources available to them, including histories of oc ffi ial rhetoric, stu -d ies of grassroots political mobilization, and intellectual biographies of lea - d ing figures and institutions. Nonetheless, this scholarship, with a number of notable exceptions, generally identifies great men, basic economic factors and eci ffi ent organizations as the main historical agents in modern Vietnam. It is encouraging to see two recent books move, however cautiously, in a c -om http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review University of Hawai'I Press

Patronage, Passion, and the Power of Networks

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Abstract

Eri CH dEw ald University Campus Suffolk Philippe M. F. Peycam. The Birth of Vietnamese Political Journalism: Saigon, 1916– 1930. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. 320 pp. $50 (cloth). Hue-Tam Ho Tai. Passion, Betrayal, and Revolution in Colonial Saigon: The Memoirs of Bao Luong . Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. 216 pp. $50 (cloth), $25 (paper/ebook). Beyond the rhetoric of patriotism and the persuasions of propaganda, what compelled so many Vietnamese to oppose French, communist, and Am -eri can hegemony? The existing literature tells us much about the norms, hab- its, policies, and organizations that existed during the late colonial period, when dynamic, modern voices of dissent and resistance began to be heard. Students of political rule and resistance in twentieth-century Vietnam have rich resources available to them, including histories of oc ffi ial rhetoric, stu -d ies of grassroots political mobilization, and intellectual biographies of lea - d ing figures and institutions. Nonetheless, this scholarship, with a number of notable exceptions, generally identifies great men, basic economic factors and eci ffi ent organizations as the main historical agents in modern Vietnam. It is encouraging to see two recent books move, however cautiously, in a c -om

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Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture ReviewUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 31, 2014

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