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The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War : Columbia Guides to American History and Cultures - David L. Anderson

The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War

Columbia Guides to American History and Cultures

Paperback Published: 21st April 2004
ISBN: 9780231114936
Number Of Pages: 308
For Ages: 13 - 17 years old

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More than a quarter of a century after the last Marine Corps Huey left the American embassy in Saigon, the lessons and legacies of the most divisive war in twentieth-century American history are as hotly debated as ever. Why did successive administrations choose little-known Vietnam as the "test case" of American commitment in the fight against communism? Why were the "best and brightest" apparently blind to the illegitimacy of the state of South Vietnam? Would Kennedy have pulled out had he lived? And what lessons regarding American foreign policy emerged from the war?

"The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War" helps readers understand this tragic and complex conflict. The book contains both interpretive information and a wealth of facts in easy-to-find form. Part I provides a lucid narrative overview of contested issues and interpretations in Vietnam scholarship. Part II is a mini-encyclopedia with descriptions and analysis of individuals, events, groups, and military operations. Arranged alphabetically, this section enables readers to look up isolated facts and specialized terms. Part III is a chronology of key events. Part IV is an annotated guide to resources, including films, documentaries, CD-ROMs, and reliable Web sites. Part V contains excerpts from historical documents and statistical data.

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[A]n outstanding ready-reference source... [Anderson] should be commended for compiling such an informative, balanced, and unbiased reference source for the most contentious war in American history. Booklist Successfully compresses the copiously documented, labyrinthine history of the Vietnamese conflict into a single economical volume... a fascinating survey of the war... expertly crafted... strongly recommended. Choice A well-organized, succinct, and welcome work of synthesis that brings together the main lines of historical controversy in particularly engaging ways... clearly the best short introduction available to the scholarship on the wars in Vietnam and deserves a wide and appreciative audience. -- Mark Bradley International History Review This volume is practical, useful and trustworthy, and will become indispensable for many teachers and scholars, whether they approach the war from a traditional historical, a sociological, a cultural studies, or an interdisciplinary framework. -- Matthew Stewart American Studies International Anderson expertly reviews the considerable accumulated opinion on the Vietnam War... highly recommended. American Reference Books Annual The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War is an outstanding primer to the conflict and the scholarship it has inspired. -- Andrew L. Johns Journal of Conflict Studies

Introductionp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Historical Narrativep. 1
Studying the Vietnam Warp. 3
Vietnam: Historical Backgroundp. 7
Roots of the Vietnamese Culture and Statep. 7
The Impact of French Colonialismp. 10
The Rise of Vietnamese Nationalismp. 11
The Origins of Vietnamese Communismp. 12
United States: Historical Backgroundp. 15
Idealism and Realism in U.S. Foreign Relationsp. 15
The United States and the Open Door in Asiap. 16
The World Wars: The Legacies of Wilson and Munichp. 18
The Origins of the Cold Warp. 20
The French War in Vietnamp. 22
The August Revolutionp. 23
Outbreak of the Franco-Vietminh Warp. 24
U.S. Support of France in Indochinap. 25
Dienbienphu and the Geneva Conferencep. 27
The Diem Years: Eisenhowerp. 30
The Decision to Back Ngo Dinh Diemp. 31
The Non-election of 1956p. 32
The Illusion of Nation Buildingp. 33
NLF: Rise of the Southern Insurgencyp. 34
The Diem Years: Kennedyp. 37
Counterinsurgency Warfarep. 38
The Buddhist Crisisp. 39
The Diem Assassinationp. 40
What If Kennedy Had Lived?p. 41
The American War in Vietnam: Escalationp. 43
The Gulf of Tonkin Incidentp. 45
Rolling Thunderp. 46
Johnson Decides on a Land War in Asiap. 46
Theories of Causationp. 48
The American War in Vietnam: Strategyp. 55
The Draftp. 56
Attrition Strategy and Body Countp. 57
Humpin' It: The American Soldierp. 58
The Air Warp. 59
Diplomacyp. 60
The Resilient Enemyp. 61
The American War in Vietnam: The Limits of Powerp. 63
The Tet Offensivep. 63
The Antiwar Movement and the Mediap. 65
Johnson's Decision to Stop Escalationp. 67
The Presidential Election of 1968p. 68
The American War in Vietnam: De-escalationp. 70
Vietnamization and More Bombingp. 71
Cambodia and Kent Statep. 72
Negotiations and the Paris Peace Accordsp. 73
DRV Victory in 1975p. 75
The War That Will Not Go Awayp. 78
The Postwar Wars in Southeast Asiap. 79
American Vietnam Veteransp. 81
Films, Fiction, and Poetryp. 83
Postmortemsp. 84
The Vietnam War from A to Zp. 87
Chronologyp. 177
Resource Guidep. 195
General Worksp. 197
Bibliographies and Historiographical Essaysp. 197
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Atlasesp. 198
Surveys and Synthesesp. 199
Document Collectionsp. 202
Biographiesp. 203
Memoirsp. 205
Oral Historiesp. 207
History of Southeast Asia and U.S. Foreign Relationsp. 209
General History of Vietnamp. 209
History of U.S. Foreign Relationsp. 210
The French Indochina Warp. 211
Laos and Cambodiap. 213
The Diem Yearsp. 215
North Vietnam and the Vietcongp. 217
Escalation of the American Warp. 219
The Gulf of Tonkin Incidentp. 219
Lyndon Johnson's Decisions for Warp. 219
The American Way of Warp. 223
Military Operations and Overviewsp. 223
My Lai Massacrep. 226
Pacification and Counterinsurgencyp. 226
International Settingp. 227
The Limits of American Powerp. 230
Antiwar Movementp. 230
American Politics and Economyp. 232
Television and the Pressp. 233
The Tet Offensivep. 234
The End of the American Warp. 235
Richard Nixon's War and Diplomacyp. 235
The End of South Vietnamp. 236
The Legacy of the Vietnam Warp. 238
Lessons and Postmortemsp. 238
Literature, Movies, and Musicp. 241
American Cultural Myths and National Identityp. 243
Films and Documentariesp. 244
Electronic Resourcesp. 247
Appendicesp. 249
Documentsp. 251
Statisticsp. 286
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780231114936
ISBN-10: 0231114931
Series: Columbia Guides to American History and Cultures
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 13 - 17 years old
For Grades: 8 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 21st April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43