Faculty Colloquium Series: Olga Dror

“Formation of Ho Chi Minh’s Cult and Its Role in the Construction of Vietnamese Statehood

Tuesday, February 12, 2018, 4-5 p.m.
Location: 311 Glasscock Building
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Olga Dror | Associate Professor, Department of History, 2018-19 Glasscock Faculty Research Fellow, Texas A&M University

Abstract:
The first president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, became the center of a newly created political religion that was essential in establishing and maintaining Vietnamese statehood and that eventually became part of the Vietnamese religious landscape. Ho Chi Minh’s cult is a focus of Dr. Dror’s monograph project. She will trace the origins of Ho Chi Minh’s veneration and his own role in cementing his image as the leader of the nation and the Uncle, the head of the Vietnamese national family. The book Dr. Dror is writing will be based on archival resources, publications, art works, interviews, and films. It will put Ho Chi Minh’s cult in a comparative perspective with other personality cults, bringing another unique aspect to the book. It is an important contribution to the comparative study of political cults.


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