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The Columbia history of the Vietnam War / edited, with an introduction, by David L. Anderson
New York : Columbia University Press, c2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  DS557.7 .C64 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Influence
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Social aspects
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Political aspects -- United States
Physical Description xiv, 462 p. : maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction: The Vietnam War and its enduring historical relevance / David L. Anderson -- Setting the stage: Vietnamese revolutionary nationalism and the first Vietnam War / Mark Philip Bradley -- "Dealing with a government of madmen": Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Ngo Dinh Diem / Richard H. Immerman -- South Vietnam under siege, 1961-1965: Kennedy, Johnson, and the question of escalation or disengagement / Gary R. Hess -- Lyndon Johnson and the bombing of Vietnam: politics and military choices / Lloyd C. Gardner -- Turning point: the Vietnam War's pivotal year, November 1967-November 1968 / Robert J. McMahon -- Richard M. Nixon and the Vietnam War: the paradox of disengagement with escalation / Jeffrey P. Kimball -- American strategy in the Vietnam War / John Prados -- The village war in Vietnam, 1965-1973 / Eric Bergerud -- Fighting for family: Vietnamese women and the American war / Helen E. Anderson -- Vietnamese society at war / Robert K. Brigham -- "Hey, hey, LBJ!": American domestic politics and the Vietnam War / Melvin Small -- Cambodia and Laos in the Vietnam War / Kenton Clymer -- The legacy of the Vietnam War / Robert D. Schulzinger -- The Vietnam syndrome / George C. Herring
Summary Laying the chronological and critical foundations for the volume, David L. Anderson opens with an essay on the Vietnam War's major moments and enduring relevance. Mark Philip Bradely follows with a reexamination of Vietnamese revolutionary nationalism and the Vietnam-led war against French colonialism. Richard H. Immerman revisits Eisenhower's and Kennedy's efforts at nation building in South Vietnam, and Gary R. Hess reviews America's military commitment under Kennedy and Johnson. Lloyd C. Gardner investigates the motivations behind Johnson's escalation of force, and Robert J. McMahon focuses on the pivotal period before and after the Tet Offensive. Jeffrey P. Kimball then makes sense of Nixon's paradoxical decision to end U.S. intervention while pursuing a destructive air war
John Prados and Eric Bergerud devote essays to America's military strategy, while Helen E. Anderson and Robert K. Brigham explore the war's impact on Vietnamese women and urban culture. Melvin Small recounts the domestic tensions created by America's involvement in Vietnam, and Kenton Clymer traces the spread of the war to Laos and Cambodia. Concluding essays by Robert D. Schulzinger and George C. Herring account for the legacy of the war within Vietnamese and American contexts and diagnose the symptoms of the "Vietnam syndrome" evident in later debates about U.S. foreign policy. America's experience in Vietnam continues to figure prominently in discussions about strategy and defense, not to mention within the discourse on the identity of the United States a nation. Anderson's expert collection is therefore essential to understanding America's entanglement in the Vietnam War and the conflict's influence on the nation's interests abroad
David L. Anderson is professor of history at California State University, Monterey Bay, and past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. --Book Jacket
Alternate Author Anderson, David L., 1946-

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