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Changing Worlds: Vietnam's Transition from Cold War to Globalization

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780199377589
Author(s): Elliott David W.P.
Format: Paperback
Year: 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Dimensions: 155 x 231 x 30 (w x l x h)
Pages: 408

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Throughout the entire Cold War era, Vietnam served as a grim symbol of the ideological polarity that permeated international politics. But when the Cold War ended in 1989, Vietnam faced the difficult task of adjusting to a new world without the benefactors it had come to rely on. In Changing Worlds, David W. P. Elliott, who has spent the past half century studying modern Vietnam, chronicles the evolution of the Vietnamese state from the end of the Cold War to the present. When the communist regimes of Eastern Europe collapsed, so did Vietnam's model for analyzing and engaging with the outside world. Fearing that committing fully to globalization would lead to the collapse of its own system, the Vietnamese political elite at first resisted extensive engagement with the larger international community. Over the next decade, though, China's rapid economic growth and the success of the Asian 'tiger economies,' along with a complex realignment of regional and global international relations reshaped Vietnamese leaders' views.
In 1995 Vietnam joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), its former adversary, and completed the normalization of relations with the United States. By 2000, Vietnam had 'taken the plunge ' and opted for greater participation in the global economic system. Vietnam finally joined the World Trade Organization in 2006. Elliott contends that Viet
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