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The Vietnam War

Author: David L Anderson
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Series: Twentieth-century wars.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Vietnam War was a thirty-year conflict that actually included several wars, cost billions of dollars, resulted in thousands of Vietnamese, French, and American deaths, and reverberated throughout the international community. Now in this new concise overview David Anderson lays out the origins, course, and historical legacies of the war for students. The text discusses the French colonial war and the Vietnamese  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David L Anderson
ISBN: 0333963369 9780333963364 0333963377 9780333963371
OCLC Number: 56880068
Description: ix, 152 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. Causes : colonialism and containment --
The origins of Vietnam --
French colonialism --
Ho Chi Minh and Vietnamese communism --
The Franco-Vietminh War --
The United States and the Franco-Vietminh War --
2. Commitments : Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Ngo Dinh Diem --
The end of the Franco-Vietminh War --
The US decision to support South Vietnam --
Nation building in South Vietnam --
John F. Kennedy and counterinsurgency warfare --
3. Credibility : Lyndon Johnson's war --
To the Gulf of Tonkin --
Americanization of the war --
American strategy --
Stalemate --
4. Contention : antiwar protests, the Tet Offensive, and a tumultuous election --
Antiwar movement --
Tet --
Combat without compromise --
Election of 1968 --
5. Consequences : Richard Nixon's war --
More bombs and fewer troops --
Cambodia and Kent State --
Stalemate continues --
The Paris agreement to end the war --
6. Conclusions : peace at last and lasting legacies --
Brother enemies --
Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos after the war --
US post-war issues --
Lessons and legacies.
Series Title: Twentieth-century wars.
Responsibility: David L. Anderson.
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The Vietnam War endured for thirty years, cost billions of dollars, and resulted in thousands of Vietnamese, French, and American deaths. Anderson's concise overview critiques U.S. errors in  Read more...

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