State Violence in East Asia

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Narayanan Ganesan, Sung Chull Kim
University Press of Kentucky, Jan 18, 2013 - History - 294 pages
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In the spring of 1972, North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam in what became known as the Easter Offensive. Almost all of the American forces had already withdrawn from Vietnam except for a small group of American advisers to the South Vietnamese armed forces. The 23rd ARVN Infantry Division and its American advisers were sent to defend the provincial capital of Kontum in the Central Highlands. They were surrounded and attacked by three enemy divisions with heavy artillery and tanks but, with the help of air power, managed to successfully defend Kontum and prevent South Vietnam from being cut in half and defeated. Although much has been written about the Vietnam War, little of it addresses either the Easter Offensive or the Battle of Kontum. In Kontum: The Battle to Save South Vietnam, Thomas P. McKenna fills this gap, offering the only in-depth account available of this violent engagement. McKenna, a U.S. infantry lieutenant colonel assigned as a military adviser to the 23rd Division, participated in the battle of Kontum and combines his personal experiences with years of interviews and research from primary sources to describe the events leading up to the invasion and the battle itself. Kontum sheds new light on the actions of U.S. advisers in combat during the Vietnam War. McKenna’s book is not only an essential historical resource for America’s most controversial war but a personal story of valor and survival.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Interpreting State Violence in Asian Settings
19
2 From the Streets to the National Assembly
47
3 Unsettled State Violence in Japan
75
4 Popular Views of State Violence in China
105
5 Mass Atrocities in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge Reign of Terror
129
6 Counterrevolutionary Violence in Indonesia
159
7 Getting Away with Murder in Thailand
185
8 The End of an Illusion
209
9 The FourEights Democratic Movement and Political Repression in Myanmar
231
Conclusion
257
Acknowledgments
279
Contributors
281
Index
285
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N. Ganesan is professor of southeast Asian politics at the Hiroshima Peace Institute and the coeditor of International Relations in Southeast Asia: Between Bilateralism and Multilateralism.

Sung Chull Kim is Humanities Korea Professor in the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University.

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