The Columbia History of the Vietnam War

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byDavid L. Anderson

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America's experience in Vietnam continues to figure prominently in debates over strategy and defense and within the discourse on the identity of the United States as a nation. Through fifteen essays rooted in recent scholarship, The Columbia History of the Vietnam War is a chronological and critical collective history central to any discussion of America's interests abroad.

David Anderson opens with an essay on the Vietnam War's major themes and enduring relevance. Mark Philip Bradley (University of Chicago) reexamines the rise of Vietnamese revolutionary nationalism and the Vietminh-led war against French colonialism. Richard Immerman (Temple University) revisits Eisenhower's and Kennedy's efforts at nation-building in South Vietnam. Gary Hess (Bowling Green State University) reviews America's military commitment under Kennedy and Johnson, and Lloyd Gardner (Rutgers University) investigates the motivations behind Johnson's escalation of force. Robert McMahon (Ohio State University) focuses on the pivotal period before and after the Tet Offensive, and Jeffrey Kimball (Miami University) makes sense of Nixon's paradoxical decision to end U.S. intervention while pursuing a destructive air war.

John Prados (National Security Archive) and Eric Bergerud (Naval Postgraduate School) devote their essays to America's military strategy. Helen Anderson (California State University, Monterey Bay) and Robert Brigham (Vassar College) explore the war's impact on Vietnamese women and urban culture. Melvin Small (Wayne State University) recounts the domestic tensions created by America's involvement in Vietnam, and Kenton Clymer (Northern Illinois University) follows the spread of the war to Laos and Cambodia. Concluding essays by Robert Schulzinger (University of Colorado) and George Herring (University of Kentucky) trace the legacy of the war within Vietnamese and American contexts and diagnose the symptoms of the "Vietnam Syndrome" evident in later U.S. foreign policy debates.

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America's experience in Vietnam continues to figure prominently in debates over strategy and defense and within the discourse on the identity of the United States as a nation. Through fifteen essays rooted in recent scholarship, The Columbia History of the Vietnam War is a chronological and critical collective history central to any di...

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. His books include Trapped by Success: The Eisenhower Administration and Vietnam and The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 5, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction: The Vietnam War and Its Enduring Historical Relevance
David L. Anderson
Part I. Chronological Perspectives
1. Setting the Stage: Vietnamese Revolutionary Nationalism and the First Vietnam War
Mark Philip Bradley
2. "Dealing with a Government of Madmen": Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Ngo Dinh Diem
Richard H. Immerman
3. South Vietnam Under Siege, 1961--1965: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Question of Escalation or Disengagement
Gary R. Hess
4. Lyndon Johnson and the Bombing of Vietnam: Politics and Military Choices
Lloyd C. Gardner
5. Turning Point: The Vietnam War's Pivotal Year, November 1967--November 1968
Robert J. McMahon
6. Richard M. Nixon and the Vietnam War: The Paradox of Disengagement with Escalation
Jeffrey P. Kimball
Part II. Topical Perspectives
7. American Strategy in the Vietnam War
John Prados
8. The Village War in Vietnam, 1965--1973
Eric Bergerud
9. Fighting for Family: Vietnamese Women and the American War
Helen E. Anderson
10. Vietnamese Society at War
Robert K. Brigham
11. "Hey, Hey, LBJ!": American Domestic Politics and the Vietnam War
Melvin Small
12. Cambodia and Laos in the Vietnam War
Kenton Clymer
Part III. Postwar Perspectives
13. The Legacy of the Vietnam War
Robert D. Schulzinger
14. The Vietnam Syndrome
George C. Herring
List of Contributors
Index

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A timely book with contemporary relevance, published at a time when America's experience in Vietnam continues to figure prominently in discussions about strategy and defense.... Highly recommended.