Women and Revolution in Vietnam

  • Mary Ann Tétreault
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Vietnam’s Confucian tradition pictures revolution as a normal, cyclical process that restores an ideally imagined status quo ante. The state is believed to participate in the same ethical system of virtuous conduct as society as a whole and the families that comprise it; a ruler demonstrates his righteousness by presiding over domestic tranquillity.1 Thus, domestic turmoil signifies a personal moral deficiency in the ruler. It shows that the ‘mandate of Heaven’, the correspondence between the ruler’s rectitude and the cosmology of the universe, has been lost.2 During such times, Vietnamese look for a new leader whose moral stature promises to restore harmony.


Party Leader Rand Corporation Political Mobilization Vietnamese Woman Revolutionary Activity 
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