This book provides an in-depth analysis of the political instability of South Vietnam between the two Republics and offers a valuable contribution to the study of the history of Vietnam as it focuses on a decisive period in the history of South Vietnam.
A much-needed examination of the political environment of the Republic of Vietnam between 1963-1967, this book shows how South Vietnamese leadership failed to form a stable civilian government and to secure South Vietnam against the increasing threat by North Vietnam. Through a detailed assessment of political difficulties during the period, the book suggests that, to prevent the imminent loss of South Vietnam to the Communist forces, the United States government did not have any other option than to escalate the war by committing its combat ground forces in the South and beginning the sustained bombing in the North. Moreover, the book analyses the administration of General Khánh and Prime Minister Phan Huy Quát and includes a full account of the War Cabinet of General Nguyễn Cao Kỳ. The achievements, the difficulties and the sudden death of the National High Council as well as the confrontation between the Buddhists and the Trần Vãn Hýõng government are also explored.
This book will be of interest to researchers and students of the contemporary history of Vietnam, the history of the Republic of Vietnam, the Vietnam War and Southeast Asian history and politics.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. The November 1st 1963 Coup Aftermath 3. The January 30th 1964 Coup by General Nguyễn Khánh 4. The Rise and Fall of General Nguyễn Khánh 5. Nguyễn Khánh Government 1964: A Year of Total Chaos 6. High National Council 7. The Buddhists and Trần Vãn Hýõng Government 8. Phan Huy Quát Government and the Cabinet Crisis of May / June 1965 9. Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Government: The War Cabinet 10. Moving Toward the Second Republic
Vinh-The Lam is Librarian Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. His previous book with Hãn Nguyên Nguyễn Nhã Vietnam, Territoriality and the South China Sea: Paracel and Spratly Islands is also published by Routledge (2019).