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Entrepreneurs of Disorder: Gangsters, Revolutionaries, and Collaborators during the Decolonization of Vietnam: A Look at New Research in Vietnam Studies
Kevin Li, Columbia University
Edward Miller, Dartmouth College
Nu-Anh Tran, University of Connecticut
Haydon Cherry, Northwestern University
Shawn McHale, George Washington University
Masako Ikeda, Executive Director, University of Hawai`i Press

Dr. Kevin Li will present his cutting-edge scholarship, Entrepreneurs of Disorder: Gangsters, Revolutionaries, and Collaborators during the Decolonization of Vietnam (1945-1955), followed by commentary from a panel of leading experts in modern Vietnam Studies. In contrast to the overwhelming scholarship on modern Vietnam that has conventionally focused on elite politics and narratives of resistance and collaboration Dr. Li’s work examines the rise of violence entrepreneurs—gangsters, bandits, and racketeers—as leading political and military figures during decolonization. Prewar anticolonialism, violent decolonization, and civil war upended the prevailing structures and ideas of political power.

Apr 5, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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