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The Second and Third Indochina Wars are the subject of important ongoing scholarship, but there has been little research on the lasting impact of wartime violence on local societies and populations, in Vietnam as well as in Laos and Cambodia. Today’s Lao, Vietnamese and Cambodian landscapes bear the imprint of competing violent ideologies and their perilous material manifestations. From battlefields and massively bombed terrain to reeducation camps and resettled villages, the past lingers on in the physical environment. The nine essays in this volume discuss post-conflict landscapes as contested spaces imbued with memory-work conveying differing interpretations of the recent past, expressed through material (even, monumental) objects, ritual performances, and oral narratives (or silences). While Cambodian, Lao and Vietnamese landscapes are filled with tenacious traces of a violent past, creating an unsolicited and malevolent sense of place among their inhabitants, they can in turn be transformed by actions of resilient and resourceful local communities.

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  1. Half title, full title, copyright pages
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Map of Sites
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  1. Introduction: The "American War," Post-Conflict Landscapes, and Violent Memories
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  1. Chapter 1: National Memorial Sites and Personal Remembrance: Remembering the Dead of Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek at the ECCC in Cambodia
  2. pp. 19-45
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  1. Chapter 2: National Lieu de Memoire vs. Multivocal Memories: The Case of Viengxay, Lao PDR
  2. pp. 46-77
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  1. Chapter 3: War-Martyr Bia: Commemoration and Perdurability in Rural Vietnam
  2. pp. 78-95
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  1. Chapter 4: Laos -- Living with Unexploded Ordnance: Past Memories and Present Realities
  2. pp. 96-134
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  1. Chapter 5: War Debris in Postwar Society: Managing Risk and Uncertainty in the DMZ
  2. pp. 135-156
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  1. Chapter 6: A Social Reading of a Post-Conflict Landscape: Route 9 in Southern Laos
  2. pp. 157-185
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  1. Chapter 7: Redefining Agent Orange, Mitigating Its Impacts
  2. pp. 186-215
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  1. Chapter 8: Aesthetic Forms of Post-Conflict Memory: Inspired Vessels of Memory in Northeast Cambodia
  2. pp. 216-240
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  1. Chapter 9: Remembering Old Homelands: The Houay Ho Dam, the Resettlement of the Heuny (Nya Heun), Memory, and the Struggle for Places
  2. pp. 241-263
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 264-290
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789971697624
Related ISBN
9789971697013
MARC Record
OCLC
866988901
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2013-12-09
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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