Much of the work on the conflict on Vietnam has revolved around the issue of American culpability: either in terms of its immolation of a blameless region or the blunting of Communism's ability to expand. With the end of the Cold War, the contributors to this text reassess the meaning of the war.
Whether viewed as a proxy encounter in the Cold War or as one of the last colonial wars, the conflict in Vietnam continues to attract enormous attention as one of the most divisive and traumatic events of the post World War II period. Many of the issues have tended to revolve almost exclusively around American culpability: the immolation of the US of an otherwise blameless region for reasons of incompetent "Realpolitik" (the view of one camp) or the terrible American sacrifice which blunted forever Communism's ability to expand into the rest of Asia (the view of the other). With the end of the Cold War, the arguments can be re-evaluated. This book is an attempt, using an international range of contributors, to explain to students the wider meaning and effects of the Vietnam conflict. The essays are intended to provide teaching material and give a greater depth to our understanding of the war.
Introduction; P.Lowe - Origins and Alternatives: Comments, Counter-facts and Commitments; A.Short - Coping with the United States: Hanoi's Search for an Effective Strategy; N.V.Tung - South Vietnam; N.V.Long - The United States and Vietnam; D.L.Anderson - The Anti-Vietnam War Movement in the United States; T.Wells - Developing an Alliance: The Soviet Union and Vietnam, 1954-1975; I.V.Gaiduk - China and the Vietnam Wars, 1950-1975; C.Jian - Australia and the Vietnam War; C.Bridge - International Aspects of the Vietnam War; A.Parker - Maps - Index
The Vietnam War by Peter Lowe
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