David G. Marr

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David G. Marr
Born (1937-09-22) September 22, 1937 (age 81)
Macon, Georgia, United States
ResidenceAustralia
CitizenshipUnited States/Australia
Known formodern history of Vietnam
Academic background
Alma materDartmouth College (BA)
University of California, Berkeley (MA; PhD 1968)
Doctoral advisorFrederick Wakeman
Academic work
DisciplineHistory
InstitutionsCornell University, University of California, Australian National University
Notable studentsChristopher Goscha, Li Tana

David George Marr (born September 22, 1937) is an American/Australian 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] Marr studied at Dartmouth College (BA), before joining the US Marine Corps as an intelligence officer. Marr learned Vietnamese in the US, then was assigned to Vietnam in 1962.[3] He married there in April 1963, and was reassigned to marine Intelligence in Hawaii a month later. After leaving the Marines in 1964 he sought to understand the roots of Vietnamese patriotism as a graduate student at UC Berkeley (PhD 1968). He taught at University of California, Berkeley and as assistant professor at Cornell University, 1969–72, while becoming increasingly engaged in documenting the case for withdrawing from Viet Nam, notably as co-director of the Indochina Resource Center (Washington and Berkeley), 1971-5. In 1975 he moved to Australia with his family, in research positions as Fellow, Senior Fellow and finally Professor at the Australian National University's Research School of Pacific Studies, in Canberra. He has also been editor of Vietnam Today. He is currently Emeritus Professor and Visiting Fellow, School of Culture, History & Language at the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.

Publications[edit]

  • 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 1945-46: State, War, and Revolution (1945–1946) University of California Press 0520954971, 2013
  • Perceptions of the Past in Southeast Asia co-edited, Heinemann, 1979..

References[edit]

  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.).
  • David Marr, 'A Life with Vietnam', in Nicholas Tarling (ed.), Historians and Their Discipline: the Call of Southeast Asian History, ed. Nicholas Tarling, Malaysian Branch, Royal Asiatic Society, 2007
  • 'A Life with Vietnam', in Nicholas Tarling (ed.), Historians and Their Discipline: the Call of Southeast Asian History, ed. Nicholas Tarling, Malaysian Branch, Royal Asiatic Society, 2007.

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