Introduction
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book sets out from the premise that within the 'nation-state' construct, the hyphen linking nation and state represents legitimacy. It traces the discourse of national unity propounded by the two rival Vietnams and Germanies during the Cold War, and their impact on the nation-building ideologies of both unified states. The book looks at how nation-building in unified Germany and Vietnam set about overcoming decades of division by 'forgetting' one-half of that experience. It examines the interplay of nationalism and communism. The book focuses on the history textbooks to examine the construction of national heroes and anti-heroes as a nation-building tool. The study of cityscapes and museums is complemented by an investigation into selected history textbooks as examples of national narratives in two nation-states chosen for both their unexpected similarities and substantial differences.

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Nation-building in Germany and Vietnam

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