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Rebellions across the (Rice) Fields: Social Scientists and Indochina, 1965–1975


  • Teresa Tomás Rangil


This essay presents how, during the Indochinese revolutionary wars of the 1960s and 1970s, the traditional image of rebels inspired by moral causes or socioeconomic grievances was superseded by an image of purely materialistic, rational insurgents. Economists studied revolutions from two different traditions: the systems analysis perspective of the RAND Corporation and the rational choice analysis from the public choice school of Virginia. We situate their views with reference to explanations offered by other social scientists, especially modernization and relative deprivation theorists, as well as Marxist scholars to show how, from 1965 to 1975, economists' approach to revolutions gained momentum among social scientists.

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  • Teresa Tomás Rangil, 2010. "Rebellions across the (Rice) Fields: Social Scientists and Indochina, 1965–1975," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 42(5), pages 105-130, Supplemen.
  • Handle: RePEc:hop:hopeec:v:42:y:2010:i:5:p:105-130

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