publication . Article . 2008

‘Only Religions Count in Vietnam’: Thich Tri Quang and the Vietnam War

Mcallister, James;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2008 Journal: Modern Asian Studies, volume 42, pages 751-782 (issn: 0026-749X, eissn: 1469-8099, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Thich Tri Quang has long been one of the most controversial actors in the history of the Vietnam War. Scholars on the right have argued that Tri Quang was in all likelihood a communist agent operating at the behest of Hanoi. Scholars on the left have argued that Tri Quang was a peaceful religious leader devoted to democracy and a rapid end to the war. This article argues that neither of these interpretations is persuasive. As American officials rightly concluded throughout the war, there was no compelling evidence to suggest that Tri Quang was a communist agent or in any way sympathetic to the goals of Hanoi or the NLF. Drawing on the extensive archival evidence...
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