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Author Topmiller, Robert J., 1948-

Title The lotus unleashed : the Buddhist peace movement in South Vietnam, 1964-1966 / Robert J. Topmiller
Published Lexington, KY : University Press of Kentucky, [2002]


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Description xii, 214 pages : map ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: Vietnamese Buddhism as a Political Force, 1963-1965 -- 1. Origins of the Buddhist Crisis of 1966 -- 2. Conservative Backlash -- 3. Confrontation in Danang: U.S. Marines and the Buddhist Struggle Movement -- 4. American Reassessment of Its Role in South Vietnam -- 5. Resolution -- Conclusion: The Movement Defeated?
Summary "Most studies of Vietnam fail to fully explain the war because they focus only on American issues, ignoring the complex domestic South Vietnamese political situation. In The Lotus Unleashed, Robert J. Topmiller examines the Buddhist objections to the war that ultimately led to the Buddhist Crisis of 1966. In one of the first in-depth discussions of an indigenous South Vietnamese peace movement, Topmiller explores the Buddhist-led agitation aimed at installing a civilian government through free elections as part of a larger effort to end the fighting in South Vietnam." "The 1966 Buddhist crisis typified America's frustration over its inability to influence events in South Vietnam and underscored South Vietnamese ambiguity over the American crusade to defend them from their countrymen. At the same time, the Buddhist rebellion played a significant role in raising U.S. doubts about its involvement in Vietnam, triggering a decline in public support for the war."
"Based on Topmiller's extensive research and interviews with many of the participants, The Lotus Unleashed highlights the intense importance of Buddhist efforts, making clear the impact of Vietnamese internal politics on U.S. decision making and the missed opportunities for peace caused by Washington's indifference toward South Vietnamese opinions on the war."--BOOK JACKET
Analysis Südvietnam Friedensbewegung Buddhismus Vietnamkrieg Geschichte 1964-1966
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-201) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- Vietnam (Republic)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Buddhism and politics -- Vietnam (Republic)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States.
Vietnam (Republic) -- Politics and government.
LC no. 2002014609
ISBN 0813122600 cloth alkaline paper
Other Titles Buddhist peace movement in South Vietnam