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Assuming the burden : Europe and the American commitment to war in Vietnam

Author: Mark Atwood Lawrence
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2005.
Series: From Indochina to Vietnam, v. 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This researched book explains why and how the United States made its first commitment to Vietnam in the late 1940s. Mark Atwood Lawrence deftly explores the process by which the Western powers set aside their fierce disagreements over colonialism and extended the Cold War fight into the Third World. Drawing on an unprecedented array of sources from three countries, Lawrence illuminates the background of the U.S.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lawrence, Mark Atwood.
Assuming the burden.
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2005
(OCoLC)646524137
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Atwood Lawrence
ISBN: 0520243153 9780520243156 9780520251625 0520251628
OCLC Number: 56414307
Description: xii, 358 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Contesting Vietnam --
Visions of Indochina and the world --
U.S. assistance and its limits --
Illusions of autonomy --
Constructing Vietnam --
Crisis renewed --
Domestic divides, foreign solutions --
Closing the circle.
Series Title: From Indochina to Vietnam, v. 1.
Responsibility: Mark Atwood Lawrence.
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"This researched book explains why and how the United States made its first commitment to Vietnam in the late 1940s. Mark Atwood Lawrence deftly explores the process by which the Western powers set aside their fierce disagreements over colonialism and extended the Cold War fight into the Third World. Drawing on an unprecedented array of sources from three countries, Lawrence illuminates the background of the U.S. government's decision in 1950 to send military equipment and economic aid to bolster France in its war against revolutionaries.

That decision, he argues, marked America's first definitive step toward embroilment in Indochina, the start of a long series of moves that would lead the Johnson administration to commit U.S. combat forces a decade and a half later."--Jacket.

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