The Vietnam War: A Concise International History

Paperback | September 16, 2010

byMark Atwood Lawrence

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Hailed as a "pithy and compelling account of an intensely relevant topic" (Kirkus Reviews), this wide-ranging volume offers a superb account of a key moment in modern U.S. and world history. Drawing upon the latest research in archives in China, Russia, and Vietnam, Mark Lawrence creates anextraordinary, panoramic view of all sides of the war. His narrative begins well before American forces set foot in Vietnam, delving into French colonialism's contribution to the 1945 Vietnamese revolution, and revealing how the Cold War concerns of the 1950s led the United States to back theFrench. The heart of the book covers the "American war," ranging from the overthrow of Ngo Dinh Diem and the impact of the Tet Offensive to Nixon's expansion of the war into Cambodia and Laos, and the final peace agreement of 1973. Finally, Lawrence examines the aftermath of the war, from themomentous liberalization - "Doi Moi" - in Vietnam to the enduring legacy of this infamous war in American books, films, and political debate.

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Hailed as a "pithy and compelling account of an intensely relevant topic" (Kirkus Reviews), this wide-ranging volume offers a superb account of a key moment in modern U.S. and world history. Drawing upon the latest research in archives in China, Russia, and Vietnam, Mark Lawrence creates anextraordinary, panoramic view of all sides of ...

Mark Atwood Lawrence is a former correspondent for the Associated Press and Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. His book Assuming the Burden (2007) won the George Louis Beer Prize and Paul Birdsall Prize of the American Historical Association.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 16, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199753938

ISBN - 13:9780199753932

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Introduction1. The Roots of Revolution2. Colonialism and Cold War3. An Anguished Peace4. Escalation5. War on Many Fronts6. The Tet Offensive7. The End of the American War8. Wars UnendingFurther Reading

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"A succinct and persuasive account of the Second Indochina War in its global context. At a time when the current U.S. involvement in Iraq evokes uneasy memories of America's controversial 'war of choice' in Vietnam, Mark Lawrence's thoughtful analysis of that previous conflict is highlywelcome." --William J. Duiker, author of Ho Chi Minh: A Life