Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War

ISBN-10: 0231114931
ISBN-13: 9780231114936
Edition: 2004
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Description: More than a quarter of a century after the last Marine Corps Huey left the American embassy in Saigon, the lessons and legacies of the most divisive war in twentieth-century American history are as hotly debated as ever. Why did successive  More...

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/21/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

More than a quarter of a century after the last Marine Corps Huey left the American embassy in Saigon, the lessons and legacies of the most divisive war in twentieth-century American history are as hotly debated as ever. Why did successive administrations choose little-known Vietnam as the "test case" of American commitment in the fight against communism? Why were the "best and brightest" apparently blind to the illegitimacy of the state of South Vietnam? Would Kennedy have pulled out had he lived? And what lessons regarding American foreign policy emerged from the war? The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War helps readers understand this tragic and complex conflict. The book contains both interpretive information and a wealth of facts in easy-to-find form. Part I provides a lucid narrative overview of contested issues and interpretations in Vietnam scholarship. Part II is a mini-encyclopedia with descriptions and analysis of individuals, events, groups, and military operations. Arranged alphabetically, this section enables readers to look up isolated facts and specialized terms. Part III is a chronology of key events. Part IV is an annotated guide to resources, including films, documentaries, CD-ROMs, and reliable Web sites. Part V contains excerpts from historical documents and statistical data.

Introduction
List of Abbreviations
Historical Narrative
Studying the Vietnam War
Vietnam: Historical Background
Roots of the Vietnamese Culture and State
The Impact of French Colonialism
The Rise of Vietnamese Nationalism
The Origins of Vietnamese Communism
United States: Historical Background
Idealism and Realism in U.S. Foreign Relations
The United States and the Open Door in Asia
The World Wars: The Legacies of Wilson and Munich
The Origins of the Cold War
The French War in Vietnam
The August Revolution
Outbreak of the Franco-Vietminh War
U.S. Support of France in Indochina
Dienbienphu and the Geneva Conference
The Diem Years: Eisenhower
The Decision to Back Ngo Dinh Diem
The Non-election of 1956
The Illusion of Nation Building
NLF: Rise of the Southern Insurgency
The Diem Years: Kennedy
Counterinsurgency Warfare
The Buddhist Crisis
The Diem Assassination
What If Kennedy Had Lived?
The American War in Vietnam: Escalation
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident
Rolling Thunder
Johnson Decides on a Land War in Asia
Theories of Causation
The American War in Vietnam: Strategy
The Draft
Attrition Strategy and Body Count
Humpin' It: The American Soldier
The Air War
Diplomacy
The Resilient Enemy
The American War in Vietnam: The Limits of Power
The Tet Offensive
The Antiwar Movement and the Media
Johnson's Decision to Stop Escalation
The Presidential Election of 1968
The American War in Vietnam: De-escalation
Vietnamization and More Bombing
Cambodia and Kent State
Negotiations and the Paris Peace Accords
DRV Victory in 1975
The War That Will Not Go Away
The Postwar Wars in Southeast Asia
American Vietnam Veterans
Films, Fiction, and Poetry
Postmortems
The Vietnam War from A to Z
Chronology
Resource Guide
General Works
Bibliographies and Historiographical Essays
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Atlases
Surveys and Syntheses
Document Collections
Biographies
Memoirs
Oral Histories
History of Southeast Asia and U.S. Foreign Relations
General History of Vietnam
History of U.S. Foreign Relations
The French Indochina War
Laos and Cambodia
The Diem Years
North Vietnam and the Vietcong
Escalation of the American War
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident
Lyndon Johnson's Decisions for War
The American Way of War
Military Operations and Overviews
My Lai Massacre
Pacification and Counterinsurgency
International Setting
The Limits of American Power
Antiwar Movement
American Politics and Economy
Television and the Press
The Tet Offensive
The End of the American War
Richard Nixon's War and Diplomacy
The End of South Vietnam
The Legacy of the Vietnam War
Lessons and Postmortems
Literature, Movies, and Music
American Cultural Myths and National Identity
Films and Documentaries
Electronic Resources
Appendices
Documents
Statistics
Index

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