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FT-54570-06Research Programs: Summer StipendsEdward Garvey MillerGrand Designs: The Making and Unmaking of America's Alliance With Ngo Dinh Diem, 1954-19637/1/2006 - 8/31/2006$5,000.00EdwardGarveyMiller   Trustees of Dartmouth CollegeHanoverNH03755-1808USA2006History, GeneralSummer StipendsResearch Programs5000050000

This project re-interprets the origins of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War by offering a new assessment of America's alliance with Ngo Dinh Diem, leader of South Vietnam. In it, I explore the interactions and conflicts among US and Vietnamese approaches to “nation building” during 1954-1963. I argue that the US-Diem alliance was defined by ideas about development and modernization, and by the differences between the visions espoused by American and South Vietnamese nation builders. I also analyze disputes among South Vietnamese over the means and ends of nation building, and I show how these internal disputes led to the unraveling of the US- Diem alliance and the destruction of the Diem government in 1963.