By Jonathan Shay
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1994
An unique and groundbreaking booklet that examines the mental devastation of warfare through evaluating the warriors of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans being affected by post-traumatic pressure disorder
In this strikingly unique and groundbreaking booklet, Dr. Shay examines the mental devastation of battle through evaluating the warriors of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans struggling with post-traumatic pressure illness. even if the Iliad used to be written twenty-seven centuries in the past it has a lot to educate approximately strive against trauma, as do the newer, compelling voices and studies of Vietnam vets.
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Still more alarming, these corporate agents sometimes seemed determined to bypass French authorities and make contact with Vietnamese nationalists in hopes of securing concessions. Speculation about such activity was fueled by a belief that Americans had already begun taking a keen interest in the region in the years just before the war. The statistics suggested a worrying trend. 8 million Indochinese piastres, while imports from the United States had amounted to a mere 3 million piastres. In 1940 the figures jumped to 64 million piastres and 24 million, respectively.
Advances in Visions of Indochina and the World 23 the Pacific would provoke Tokyo to end French rule altogether. S. or Chinese forces operating on Indochinese soil, unaccompanied by French troops, caused almost as much alarm. The best way out of this bind was to introduce Free French military forces into Indochina ahead of any Allied operation in order to defend French interests. 13 The problem was that France, depleted by four years of war and still burdened with fighting in Europe, utterly lacked the troops, warships, and other equipment to reinforce its position over such great distances and in the face of the still-formidable Japanese occupation.
We’d better look out,” Alexander Cadogan, the Foreign Office’s permanent undersecretary, warned in early 1944 after Roosevelt had complained of the “hopeless” French record in Indochina. ” he wondered. Like his French counterparts, Cadogan judged that imperial solidarity in the face of such dangers was vital. 37 34 Contesting Vietnam The second reason for Britain’s support of French colonialism was a belief that France stood a better chance than any alternative source of authority to maintain stability in Indochina.
Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character by Jonathan Shay