Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars Local, National, and Transnational Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0195315146
ISBN-13: 9780195315141
Edition: 2008
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Description: Making sense of the wars for Vietnam has had a long history. The question "why Vietnam?" dominated American and Vietnamese political life for much of the length of the Vietnam wars and has continued to be asked in the three decades since they ended.  More...

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276

Making sense of the wars for Vietnam has had a long history. The question "why Vietnam?" dominated American and Vietnamese political life for much of the length of the Vietnam wars and has continued to be asked in the three decades since they ended. The essays in this inaugural volume of theNational History Center's book series "Reinterpreting History" examine the conceptual and methodological shifts that mark the contested terrain of Vietnam war scholarship. They range top-down reconsiderations of critical decision-making moments in Washington, Hanoi, and Saigon to microhistories ofthe war that explore its meanings from the bottom up. Some draw on recently available Vietnamese-language archival materials. Others mine new primary sources in the United States or France, Great Britain, the former Soviet Union, China, and Eastern Europe. Collectively, these essays map theinterpretive histories of the Vietnam wars: past, present, and future. They also raise questions about larger meanings and the ongoing relevance of the wars for Vietnam in American, Vietnamese, and international histories of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Mark Philip Bradley is associate professor of U.S. international history at the University of Chicago.

Editors and Contributors
Introduction: Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars
American Intervention and the Cold War Consensus
Explaining the Early Decisions: The United States and the French War, 1945-1954
"No Place to Fight a War": Laos and the Evolution of U.S. Policy toward Vietnam, 1954-1963
Explaining the Vietnam War: Dominant and Contending Paradigms
"There Ain't No Daylight": Lyndon Johnson and the Politics of Escalation
The Coming of War in Vietnam
Through a Glass Darkly: Reading the History of the Vietnamese Communist Party, 1945-1975
Vision, Power, and Agency: The Ascent of Ngo Dinh Diem, 1945-1954
Taking Notice of the Everyday
Co So Cach Mang and the Social Network of War
War's End and Endless Wars
Cold War Contradictions: Toward an International History of the Second Indochina War, 1969-1973
"Help Us Tell the Truth about Vietnam": POW/MIA Politics and the End of the American War
Official History, Revisionist History, and Wild History
Suggested Readings
Index

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