David G. Marr

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David G. Marr
Born (1937-09-22) September 22, 1937 (age 79)
Macon, Georgia, United States
Residence United States
Citizenship United States
Nationality United States
Fields History
Institutions Cornell University, University of California, Australian National University
Alma mater Dartmouth College (BA)
University of California, Berkeley (MA; PhD 1968)
Known for modern history of Vietnam

David George Marr (born September 22, 1937) is an American historian specializing in the modern history of Vietnam.[1]

Marr was born in Macon, Georgia, the son of Henry George (an auditor) and Louise M. (a teacher; maiden name, Brown).[2] A former captain in the US Marine Corps, Marr learned Vietnamese as an officer in the US, then first went to Vietnam in 1962.[3] Marr studied at Dartmouth College (BA) and the University of California, Berkeley (MA; PhD 1968). He was researcher at ANU Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS) from 1975. He has also been editor of Vietnam Today, and co-director of the Indochina Resource Center (Washington and Berkeley). A former assistant professor at Cornell University and University of California, he is currently Emeritus Professor and Visiting Fellow, School of Culture, History & Language and Senior Fellow at the Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University.


  • Vietnamese Anticolonialism 1885-1925, University of California Press, 1971
  • Vietnamese Tradition on Trial, 1920-1945, University of California Press, 1981.
  • Vietnam. World Bibliographical Series, vol.147, Clio Press, 1992.
  • Vietnam 1945: The Quest for Power, University of California Press, 1995.
  • Vietnam: State, War, and Revolution (1945–1946) University of California Press 0520954971, 2013


  1. ^ David Porter Chandler, Steinberg, David Joel In Search of Southeast Asia: A Modern History (1987), p. 539: "The outstanding Western interpreter of Vietnamese nationalism in the colonial period is David G. Marr."
  2. ^ Ann Evory, Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 33-36 (Gale, 1978; ISBN 0810300389), p. 544.
  3. ^ Kirkus Review "Marr (Vietnamese Tradition on Trial, 19201945, not reviewed, etc.) learned the Vietnamese language as a US Marine Corps intelligence officer in 1961. He went to Vietnam the next year, then studied its history and society at graduate school in the United States before becoming a senior fellow at the Australian National University's Research School of Pacific Studies."

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