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Pursuit of Equality the Continuation of Colonialism in Vietnam

Title: The Pursuit of Equality the Continuation of Colonialism in Vietnam.
Name(s): Boucher, Robert Arthur, author
Grant, Jonathan A., 1963-, Professor Directing Thesis
Blaufarb, Rafe, Committee Member
Özok-Gündoğan, Nilay, Committee Member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of History, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Master Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2019
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (157 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Much of the scholarship on the colonial sphere remains focused on the ways that subalterns subverted colonial power and discourse, however little focus has centered on the way that colonized at times reified and perpetuated the ideas of the civilizing mission. In the case of Vietnam, over the course of approximately four decades Vietnamese intellectuals quickly swung from seeing the French as barbarians to a dynamic, modern power that should be learned from. In the process, modernization and development came to be synonymous with everything from the West while tradition was invented as the old teachings. Importantly, while independence was achieved after much bloodshed and effort, the new Vietnamese state failed in reality to extricate itself from the grasp of European universalist ideas born out of the French Revolution. From efforts to open “New Learning” schools to demands of equality to French citizens and access to basic rights, the Vietnamese vision of a New Vietnam slowly became constrained to the path of the international community of nation-states. Ho Chi Minh would declare independence in the name of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness rather than the loss of the Mandate of Heaven. As such, this paper traces the variety of factors that influenced the manifold nature of colonialism and how rather than existing in a post-colonial world, the ideas of the mission civilisatrice have been continued by the powers which rebelled against it.
Identifier: 2019_Spring_Boucher_fsu_0071N_15209 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2019.
Date of Defense: April 5, 2019.
Keywords: Colonialism, French Empire, Indochina, Internationalism, Post-Colonial, Vietnam
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Jonathan A. Grant, Professor Directing Thesis; Nilay Ozok-Gundogan, Committee Member; Rafe Blaufarb, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Asia -- History
Europe -- History
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Host Institution: FSU

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