This volume in the "Origins of Modern Wars" series concerns the opening days of the Vietnamese conflict. The author examines the nature of French colonial rule in Vietnam, nationalism and liberation groups, the influence of Chinese communism and Vietnam's diplomatic relations with other countries.
This study examines the origins of the Vietnam War itself, going back to the nature of French colonial rule in the early 20th century. It investigates the original conflict between France, as well as the United States, and the forces of Vietnamese nationalism and communism. It argues that it was probably a mistake for the United States to internationalize the war in 1954 and it discusses the American commitment to the war, directed as much against China as against North Vietnam and the ideological hostility to communism.
Ho Chi Minh and the French - national communism 1920-1946 - the influence of Japan and China on Vietnamese nationalism, China and the United States, the Japanese coup, the August Revolution, freedom and the French Union; Acheson and the entangling alliance 1946-1952 - the Bao Dai solution, aid to Indo-China, the Melby-Erskine mission, De Lattre's comet; Dulles at the brink 1952-1954 - Dien Bien Phu and the question of intervention; the ashes of Geneva 1954 - the United States versus China, Mendes France arrives, Ngo Dinh Diem; Diem and the National Liberation Front 1954-1960 - the status of South Vietnam, the Collins mission; Kennedy's frontier - wars of national liberation 1961-1963 - Laos, Khrushchev's challenge, Johnson goes to Vietnam, Rusk and McNamara agree; Johnson's choice 1963-1965 - the Khanh coup, Tonkin Gulf.
The Origins of the Vietnam War by A. Short
Origins of Modern War
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