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The war after the war : the struggle for credibility during America's exit from Vietnam

Author: Johannes Kadura
Publisher: Ithaca ; London : Cornell University Press, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In The War after the War, Johannes Kadura offers a fresh interpretation of American strategy in the wake of the cease-fire that began in Vietnam on January 28, 1973. The U.S. exit from Vietnam continues to be important in discussions of present-day U.S. foreign policy, so it is crucial that it be interpreted correctly. In challenging the prevailing version of the history of the events, Kadura provides interesting  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Johannes Kadura
ISBN: 9780801453960 0801453968 9781501703799 150170379X
OCLC Number: 919068319
Awards: Winner of Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title.
Description: xi, 231 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Contingency planning in turbulent times --
The strategy of the cease-fire --
The X plus 60 period --
The collapse of the equilibrium strategy --
Going down with colors flying --
Ford and the fall of Saigon --
Beyond defeat in Indochina --
Conclusion: a mixed record.
Responsibility: Johannes Kadura.

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"In The War after the War, Johannes Kadura offers a fresh interpretation of American strategy in the wake of the cease-fire that began in Vietnam on January 28, 1973. The U.S. exit from Vietnam continues to be important in discussions of present-day U.S. foreign policy, so it is crucial that it be interpreted correctly. In challenging the prevailing version of the history of the events, Kadura provides interesting correctives to the different accounts, including the ones of the key actors themselves, President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger foremost among them. In so doing, Kadura aims to forge a synthesis between orthodox and revisionist interpretations of this important period. Kadura finds that the strategy employed by Nixon and Kissinger centered on the concepts of "equilibrium strategy" and "insurance policy." That approach allowed them to follow a twofold strategy of making a major effort to uphold South Vietnam while at the same time maintaining a fallback strategy of downplaying the overall significance of Vietnam. Whether they won or lost on their primary bet to secure South Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger expected to come through the crisis in a viable strategic position." -- Publisher's description

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