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Author Anderson, David
Title The Columbia History of the Vietnam War
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, 2010
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Preface -- Abbreviations -- Introduction: The Vietnam War and Its Enduring Historical Relevance -- Part I: Chronological Perspectives -- 1. Setting the Stage: Vietnamese Revolutionary Nationalism and the First Vietnam War -- 2. "Dealing with a Government of Madmen": Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Ngo Dinh Diem -- 3. South Vietnam Under Siege, 1961-1965: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Question of Escalation or Disengagement -- 4. Lyndon Johnson and the Bombing of Vietnam: Politics and Military Choices -- 5. Turning Point: The Vietnam War's Pivotal Year, November 1967-November 1968 -- 6. Richard M. Nixon and the Vietnam War: The Paradox of Disengagemen twith Escalation -- Part II: Topical Perspectives -- 7. American Strategy in the Vietnam War -- 8. The Village War in Vietnam, 1965-1973 -- 9. Fighting for Family: Vietnamese Women and the American War -- 10. Vietnamese Society at War -- 11. "Hey, Hey, LBJ!": American Domestic Politics andthe Vietnam War -- 12. Cambodia and Laos in the Vietnam War -- Part III: Postwar Perspectives -- 13. The Legacy of the Vietnam War -- 14. The Vietnam Syndrome -- Contributors -- Index
America's experience in Vietnam continues to figure prominently in debates over strategy and defense and within the discourse on the identity of the United States as a nation. Through fifteen essays rooted in recent scholarship, The Columbia History of the Vietnam War is a chronological and critical collective history central to any discussion of America's interests abroad. David Anderson opens with an essay on the Vietnam War's major themes and enduring relevance. Mark Philip Bradley (University of Chicago) reexamines the rise of Vietnamese revolutionary nationalism and the Vietminh-led war against French colonialism. Richard Immerman (Temple University) revisits Eisenhower's and Kennedy's efforts at nation-building in South Vietnam. Gary Hess (Bowling Green State University) reviews America's military commitment under Kennedy and Johnson, and Lloyd Gardner (Rutgers University) investigates the motivations behind Johnson's escalation of force. Robert McMahon (Ohio State University) focuses on the pivotal period before and after the Tet Offensive, and Jeffrey Kimball (Miami University) makes sense of Nixon's paradoxical decision to end U.S. intervention while pursuing a destructive air war. John Prados (National Security Archive) and Eric Bergerud (Naval Postgraduate School) devote their essays to America's military strategy. Helen Anderson (California State University, Monterey Bay) and Robert Brigham (Vassar College) explore the war's impact on Vietnamese women and urban culture. Melvin Small (Wayne State University) recounts the domestic tensions created by America's involvement in Vietnam, and Kenton Clymer (Northern Illinois University) follows the spread of the war to Laos and Cambodia. Concluding essays by Robert Schulzinger (University of Colorado) and George Herring (University of Kentucky) trace the legacy of the war within Vietnamese
and American contexts and diagnose the symptoms of the "Vietnam Syndrome" evident in later U.S. foreign policy debates
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Anderson, David The Columbia History of the Vietnam War New York : Columbia University Press,c2010 9780231134804
Subject Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Political aspects - United States
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