The Price of War: Urbanization in Vietnam, 1954-1985, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Price of War

Urbanization in Vietnam, 1954-1985, 1st Edition

By Nigel Thrift, Dean Forbes


188 pages

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Much rare material is incorporated in this unique account of urbanization in a developing country that was ravaged by war for twenty years. With due emphasis on the experience of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the authors present an account of what happened to the towns and cities of Vietnam between the establishment of Ho Chi Minh's socialist state in 1954 and the mid 1980s. The story is introduced through a general theoretical and empirical account of urbanization in socialist Third World countries. The book stresses the importance of the turmoil created by warfare in directing urbanization, but it also refers to the more conventially studied determinants of the process such as the institution of a planned economy.

As one of the few books highlighting the impact of warfare on urban settlements, The Price of War will interest all those interested in urbanization, development and South-East Asia.

This book was first published in 1986.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The problems of characterizing socialist developing countries

3. The problems characterizing urbanization in socialist developing countries

4. Vietnam

5. The Democratic Republic of Vietnam, 1954-76: building a determinist state

6. Urbanization in the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, 1954 to 1975/6

7. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 1976-85; rebuilding a determinant state

8. Urbanization in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 1976-85

9. A tale of two cities: the experiences of Hanoi and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) under socialist rule

10. Conclusions

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography