Columbia History of the Vietnam War

ISBN-10: 0231134800

ISBN-13: 9780231134804

Edition: 2011

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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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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/25/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 488
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction: The Vietnam War and Its Enduring Historical Relevance
Chronological Perspectives
Setting the Stage: Vietnamese Revolutionary Nationalism and the First Vietnam War
"Dealing with a Government of Madmen": Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Ngo Dinh Diem
South Vietnam Under Siege, 1961-1965: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Question of Escalation or Disengagement
Lyndon Johnson and the Bombing of Vietnam: Politics and Military Choices
Turning Point: The Vietnam War's Pivotal Year, November 1967-November 1968
Richard M. Nixon and the Vietnam War: The Paradox of Disengagement with Escalation
Topical Perspectives
American Strategy in the Vietnam War
The Village War in Vietnam, 1965-1973
Fighting for Family: Vietnamese Women and the American War
Vietnamese Society at War
"Hey, Hey, LBJ!": American Domestic Politics and the Vietnam War
Cambodia and Laos in the Vietnam War
Postwar Perspectives
The Legacy of the Vietnam War
The Vietnam Syndrome
Contributors
Index
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