The My Lai Massacre in American history and memory

Oliver, K.J. (2006) The My Lai Massacre in American history and memory, Manchester, UK, Manchester University Press, 312pp.


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This book examines the response of American society to the massacre and its ambiguous place in American national memory. The author argues that the massacre revelations left many Americans untroubled, and it was only when the soldiers most immediately responsible came to be tried that the controversy really came to public attention. He finds that, contrary to interpretations of the Vietnam conflict as an unhealed national trauma or wound, many Americans have assimilated the war and its violence rather too well, and they were able to do so even when that violence was most conspicuous and current. Consistent with the view that US soldiers have subsequently been cast in national culture as the conflict’s principal victims, it was the American perpetrators of the massacre and not the Vietnamese they brutalized who, even in the case of My Lai, became the central object of popular concern.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 9780719068904 (hardback)
9780719068911 (paperback)
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Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > History
ePrint ID: 12281
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Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:23

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