Rethinking the Vietnam War

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  • Copyright: 2012-08-20
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This incisive new text provides a broad-ranging reassessment of the Vietnam war and its political and historical significance for America, Vietnam itself, their allies, the region and the world. John Dumbrell re-examines recurrent myths and assumptions and highlights areas of dispute still outstanding today.

Author Biography

John Dumbrell is Professor of Government at Durham University, UK.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xii
Map: Vietnam at Warp. xiv
Rethinking the Vietnam Warp. 1
Rethinking the Vietnam War: Purpose and Structurep. 2
The Vietnam War: Origins and Outline Historyp. 5
Perspectives on the War: Orthodox and Revisionist Interpretationsp. 13
The Developing Warp. 22
1943-53: What If?p. 22
The Eisenhower Administrationp. 26
Edward Lansdale: The Quiet American and Bureaucratic Politicsp. 30
The New Frontierp. 35
Ngo Dinh Diem: Lost Leader?p. 44
Lyndon Johnson's Warp. 50
Saigon, Hanoi, Moscow, and Beijingp. 50
Johnson's Dilemmas in 1964: The Gulf of Tonkin Resolutionp. 54
The 1965 Escalation Decisionsp. 60
Walt Rostow: True Believerp. 65
1965-67: Peace Feelers and War Developmentsp. 68
The Tet Offensivep. 75
1968: Saigon, Hanoi, and the International Contextp. 76
The Tet Offensive and American Reactions: January to April 1968p. 79
Eugene McCarthy: Clean for Gene in '68p. 85
Media War Coverage and Public Opinionp. 88
The Role of the US Congressp. 92
War Developments and Peace Talks: April to December 1968p. 96
The Election of Richard Nixonp. 99
Richard Nixon's Warp. 103
Saigon, Hanoi, and the Transformed International Contextp. 104
Nixon, Kissinger, and 'Madman' Foreign Policy: 1969-70p. 107
Frank Church: Dove or Isolationist?p. 115
Nixon and Kissinger: Grand Designersp. 118
Towards the End: From the 1972 Easter Offensive to the Peace Agreementp. 123
The Antiwar Movementp. 132
Tom Hayden: Antiwarriorp. 133
The Movement Develops: 1964-73p. 136
A Variegated Movementp. 141
Interpreting the War: The Impact of the American Antiwar Movementp. 147
International Antiwar Protestp. 154
A Qualified Successp. 157
The Military Dimensionp. 160
Poor Bloody Infantryp. 161
Combatant Allies: The Army of the Republic of Vietnamp. 168
The Air Warp. 172
William Westmoreland: Scapegoat?p. 178
Alternative Strategiesp. 182
Better Wars, Other Warsp. 186
Understanding the Vietnamese Revolutionp. 191
Ho Chi Minh and the Rise of Vietnamese Nationalismp. 193
The Hanoi Politburop. 197
Perspectives on the War: Victory in Vietnamp. 204
Le Duan: Hardlinerp. 207
The Viet Cong and the National Liberation Frontp. 209
South Vietnam: Balloon State?p. 213
Endings and Reverberationsp. 220
The Final Actp. 220
The Wider Cold War and Alliance Structuresp. 225
The Domino Theory and Postwar Southeast Asiap. 230
US Foreign Policyp. 235
Overstretch and the End of the Cold Warp. 239
Interpreting the Warp. 243
Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 287
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