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David Andrew Biggs
Regents of the University of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA 92521-0001)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2007 – 7/31/2007

American Nation-Building and Environmental Change in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

The Mekong Delta was vital economically and strategically to American and South Vietnamese nation-building efforts from 1954 to 1975. While many studies have focused on the political, diplomatic and military aspects of American intervention here, few have considered the environmental contexts in which these campaigns were situated or how specific projects such as resettlement or infrastructure modernization have had lasting legacies on post-war development in the region. This project aims to use period American military and civil records to better understand social and physical dimensions of a changing agricultural environment during the conflict and after.