Washington History Seminar
Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs

"'We are the true revolutionaries’: The Democratic Republic of Vietnam in the 1960s"

Martin Grossheim

The history of relations between the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Soviet Union and other Socialist states during the Vietnam War is usually told as a story of solidarity and “proletarian internationalism.” But there was another side: while the North Vietnamese celebrated “friendly relations” with Moscow and East Berlin and happily accepted aid provided by the Soviet bloc, they were deeply distrustful of Moscow’s policy of “peaceful co-existence” and the influence of “revisionist culture.” Martin Grossheim will use the case of Vietnamese students in the former German Democratic Republic as an example of the ambivalent relations between Hanoi and their “comrades” in Eastern Europe.

Martin Grossheim is a Residential Fellow at the Wilson Center working on a project entitled "The East German 'Stasi' and the Making of the Autocratic State in Vietnam." He received his doctorate in Southeast Asian history from Passau University, Germany, where he teaches in the Department of Southeast Studies. He is the author of The Party and the War: Debates and Dissent in North Vietnam (2009) and Ho Chi Minh, The Mysterious Revolutionary: Life and Legend (2011), both in German.


Monday February 3, 2014
4:00 p.m. 
Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th Floor Conference Room
Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop

Reservations requested because of limited seating:
mbarber@historians.org or 202-450-3209

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center. It meets weekly during the academic year. See www.nationalhistorycenter.org for the schedule, speakers, topics, and dates as well as webcasts and podcasts. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for its support.