This book, first published in 1989, examines the creation and implementation of Communist policy in Vietnam during the crucial period between the 1954 Geneva Conference and the establishment of the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam in December 1960. This study challenges long-held views about the origins and nature of the Viet Cong. It carefully examines the various stages in the struggle for ‘national liberation’ during this period, reviews the consequences of the failure of purely political means to achieve reunification and then focuses on the struggle between the Diem regime and the Communists.
Table of Contents
1. Regroupment and Reorientation, July 1954–March 1955 2. Political Struggle Under the Geneva Agreements, March–August 1955 3. The Fatherland Front and Renewed Political Struggle, September 1955–April 1956 4. Political Struggle Reaffirmed, May–September 1956 5. Policy Revision, October–December 1956 6. Domestic Policies of the Diem Regime, January 1957–December 1958 7. Maintaining and Developing the Struggle in the South, 1957–58 8. Consolidating the North and Winning the Sympathy and Support of the World’s Peoples, 1957–58 9. Founding the National Front for the Liberation of South Viet-Nam, 1958–59
Carlyle A. Thayer