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Kim, Youngmin - The South Vietnamese Economy During the Vietnam War, 1954-1975



Kim, Youngmin is a student focussing on the natural sciences, with a keen interest in history and economics. For his research paper he had about a year. The result is concise (printed out : 11 pages single space), based mainly on primary sources (statistical data; his reference list has 15 positions), contains a number of diagrams composed by Kim, Youngmin.
Kim, Youngmin's conclusion - despite 20 years of war, the South Vietnamese economy was growing in quality and quantity - is surprising as popular perception is dominated by images of brutality, an escalating war, the massive usage of defoliants etc.

By limiting his use of secondary sources, Kim, Youngmin maintained a clear focus. The paper compares to a third year college seminar presentation, providing a solid base for an academic discussion on the topic.


December 19th 2007

Alexander Ganse



Kim, Youngmin The South Vietnamese Economy During the Vietnam War