Historical Dictionary of the War in Vietnam by Ronald B. FrankumHistorical Dictionary of the War in Vietnam by Ronald B. Frankum

Historical Dictionary of the War in Vietnam

byRonald B. Frankum

Hardcover | June 10, 2011

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For Southeast Asia, the Vietnam War altered forever the history, topography, people, economy, and politics of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV), the Republic of Vietnam (RVN), Cambodia, and Laos. That the war was controversial is an understatement as is the notion that the war can be understood from any one perspective. One way of understanding the Vietnam War is by marking its time with turning points, both major and minor, that involved events or decisions that helped to influence its course in the years to follow. By examining a few of these turning points, an organizational framework takes shape that makes understanding the war more possible. Historical Dictionary of the War in Vietnam emphasizes the international nature of the war, as well as provide a greater understanding of the long scope of the conflict. The major events associated with the war will serve as the foundation of the book while additional entries will explore the military, diplomatic, political, social, and cultural events that made the war unique. While military subjects will be fully explored, there will be greater attention to other aspects of the war. All of this is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Vietnam War.
Ronald B. Frankum, Jr. is associate professor of History at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books on the Vietnam War.
Title:Historical Dictionary of the War in VietnamFormat:HardcoverDimensions:650 pages, 9.52 × 6.54 × 2.06 inPublished:June 10, 2011Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810867966

ISBN - 13:9780810867963

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Editorial Reviews

With so many excellent reference sources available on the Vietnam War, including encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, guides, chronologies, order of battles, factbooks, handbooks, and bibliographies, it is difficult to discern the place for yet another reference volume. However, one must admit that this new volume in the distinguished Scarecrow Press Historical Dictionaries of War, Revolution, and Civil Unrest series is a very good one. Frankum, former archivist at the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University and now a professor at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, has established himself as one of the leading authorities on the war and the resources for its study. The volume is so comprehensively revised from Edwin Moise's earlier historical dictionary (see ARBA 2003, entry 420) that it is an entirely new entry. The volume follows the traditional format of alphabetically arranged entries that are extensively cross-referenced, lists of acronyms and abbreviations, maps, chronology, and an exceptional topical bibliography, probably the best presently in print. Unlike most previous comprehensive reference books, Frankum spells all Vietnamese words in correct Vietnamese form with diacritical marks rather than employ the more popular Americanized spellings. Everything about this source is first rate. For libraries that already have classic references such as Spencer C. Tucker's The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War(2d ed.; see ARBA 2012, entry 686) or James H. Willbanks' Vietnam War Almanac (see ARBA 2010, entry 621), which surprisingly Frankum fails to list in his reference works bibliography, this new volume is not, despite its excellence, a necessity. However, if a library does not have either of the previous volumes, then this reasonably priced volume is a highly recommended addition.