This study is a quantitative and spatial analysis of the Viet Nam War and examines the process through which insurgent movements challenge and contest the ruling authority for power within a politically defined territory. Using data collected by the U.S. Department of Defense during the war, this research proposes and tests a theoretical framework which considers an insurgency as a conflict over nodes within the urban network and hypothesizes that we can expect to observe different stages of conflict (types of political activity and violence) in different parts of the urban hierarchy at different times. The hypothesized relationships were generally found to hold true, but this framework revealed distinct variation in conflict patterns at the regional and local scales. The results suggest this framework provides a valuable perspective through which to understand how an insurgency evolves across time and space.
|School:||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 71/01, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Geography, International Relations, Military history|
|Keywords:||Civil wars, Geography of conflict, Insurgency, Spatial analysis of conflict, Urban network, Vietnam War|
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