Access to History: The USA and Vietnam 1945-75

Paperback | January 2, 2014

byVivienne Sanders

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For over twenty years Access to History has been providing students with reliable, engaging and accessible content on a wide range of topics. Each title in the series provides comprehensive coverage of different history topics on current AS and A2 level history specifications, alongsideexam-style practice questions and tips to help students achieve their best. This title provides a thorough and lucid account of America's involvement in Vietnam during the period 1945-75. It starts with an introduction to the events that led to France's withdrawal from Vietnam and US support of Diem's government and goes on to examine how the conflict escalated and the USAbecame fully involved. The book also looks at the pressure for peace on the US home front and how this had an impact on the eventual withdrawal and fallout from the war. The role of key figures in the conflict, both American presidents and Vietnamese leaders, is analysed throughout.

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For over twenty years Access to History has been providing students with reliable, engaging and accessible content on a wide range of topics. Each title in the series provides comprehensive coverage of different history topics on current AS and A2 level history specifications, alongsideexam-style practice questions and tips to help stu...

Vivienne Sanders is an experienced A Level teacher and author, specialising in American History.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.4 × 6.8 × 0.5 inPublished:January 2, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0340929308

ISBN - 13:9780340929308

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Dedication1. Introduction: The United States and Vietnam1. Introduction2. Overview of the War3. Overview of the Debates on the Vietnam War2. Vietnam and Foreigners Before 19531. Ho Chi Minh and Vietnamese Nationalism2. The United States and Vietnam, 1945-53.The Reasons for the Early American Involvement in Vietnam4. "These Situations... Have a Way of Snowballing"5. Key Debates on the Truman Years3. Eisenhower and Two Vietnams1. Ho, Giap and the French Failure in Indochina2. Dienbienphu - The Debate over American Intervention3. The Geneva Conference on Indochina, 19544. Two Vietnams and Two Leaders5. Assessment of Eisenhower's Policy6. Key Debates4. "Vietnam is the Place" - The Kennedy Crusade (1961-3)1. Introduction: Kennedy's War?2. Kennedy's Early Ideas about Vietnam3. The President and his Advisers4. Kennedy's Actions in the Third World5. Kennedy and Diem6. Conclusions7. Key DebatesStudy Guide5. "Johnson's War"?1. Why Johnson Continued US Involvement in the War2. How Johnson was Able to Escalate the War3. Why Did Johnson Escalate the American Involvement in Vietnam?4. "Where Are We Going?"5. Historians and "Johnson's War"?Study Guide6. Why the USA Failed: I - The People in Vietnam1. The Vietnamese2.The Americans3. Key Debates7. Why the USA Failed: II - US Politicians and People1. Problems with Johnson's Aims and Methods2. Why and How Johnson was Forced to Retreat3. Johnson's Last Months4. Conclusions about Johnson and the WarStudy Guide8. 1969-73: Nixon - Diplomatic Genius or Mad Bomber?1. The Transformation of a Cold Warrior?2. President Nixon3. 1969-714. 1972 - Getting Re-elected5. Assessment of Nixon's Vietnam Policy6. Key DebateStudy Guide9. Conclusions1. Summarising the Debates2. The Effects of the War3. The Lessons of the Vietnam WarGlossaryIndex