By Jonathan Shay
Publish yr note: First released in 1994
An unique and groundbreaking publication that examines the mental devastation of struggle by way of evaluating the warriors of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans being affected by post-traumatic rigidity disorder
In this strikingly unique and groundbreaking ebook, Dr. Shay examines the mental devastation of warfare by way of evaluating the warriors of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans struggling with post-traumatic pressure sickness. even if the Iliad used to be written twenty-seven centuries in the past it has a lot to coach approximately strive against trauma, as do the more moderen, compelling voices and studies of Vietnam vets.
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Within six months of taking power, under their own government and without assistance from any foreign country, the people of North and Central Vietnam were free of famine and colonial taxation, and on the way to universal literacy. But there was little the government could do about the Chinese, although it was clear that some sort of agreement with the French would have to be reached quickly, before Chiang Kai-shek become more ambitious for rights and privileges in Vietnam or reached a settlement with the French that might further disadvantage the Vietnamese.
9 Five months later, in August 1945, the combination of American nuclear war and Soviet ground invasion ended the Japanese Empire in Vietnam as elsewhere in Asia. Throughout the region former colonies (the Philippines, Indonesia, Burma, Malaya, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia) sought to renegotiate their status with the victorious powers, only to find that wartime conferences in which they played no role had already made decisions that would prove crucial to them. 10 Nevertheless, in the last months of the war, the Viet Minh and the Americans had become allies of a sort.
Old Ho…would bound to the door, take out a red handkerchief and wipe his eyes…. ” In a proclamation released on October 23, 1946, Ho appealed to the people of his country for time, patience, and discipline. He reminded them that France had not rescinded its promise of a referendum. ” “Violent actions are absolutely forbidden. ”24 But the creation of a peaceful atmosphere was not really up to Ho Chi Minh. Colonial authorities in the South viewed the modus vivendi as a disaster. Any recognition of the Viet Minh was, in their view, the opening wedge of a process that would in time end French power throughout Indochina.