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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