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David Andrew Biggs
University of California, Riverside (Riverside, CA 92521-0001)

An Environmental History of Militarization in Central Vietnam, 16th-20th Centuries

This research considers how militarization shapes historic relationships between people and their environments by examining in detail the environmental history of one war-impacted area in central Vietnam. It combines archival sources with site-based research and an historical geographic information system to examine how changing cultural perspectives underlined different military operations and how legacies of military occupation challenged communities after the conflict. It draws from Vietnamese, French, and American sources as well as memoirs and locally published texts for examination of differing military views; and it relies on a wide variety of historic imagery (maps, air photos, and satellite images). This NEH proposal is for 12 months to write a book manuscript, an environmental history of militarization, and two essays: one studying land cover changes and the other the role of air photography in shaping military visions of Vietnamese landscapes.

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Project fields:
History, General

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2014