America at War Since 1945: Politics and Diplomacy in Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War / Edition 1

America at War Since 1945: Politics and Diplomacy in Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War / Edition 1

by Gary A. Donaldson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275956601

ISBN-13: 9780275956608

Pub. Date: 09/30/1996

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Focusing primarily on politics and foreign policy, America at War Since 1945 analyzes America's involvement in three wars since the end of World War II: Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. The main questions asked are: How did the U.S. become involved in these wars? How were the wars conducted? And how did the U.S. get out of these wars?

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Overview

Focusing primarily on politics and foreign policy, America at War Since 1945 analyzes America's involvement in three wars since the end of World War II: Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. The main questions asked are: How did the U.S. become involved in these wars? How were the wars conducted? And how did the U.S. get out of these wars?

In Korea and Vietnam, the U.S. fought to show the world that it would stand up to the evils of communism; that it could be counted on (with money, advisors, or even a major military effort if necessary) to halt the advance of communism. But in both wars, the U.S. showed itself to be militarily vulnerable. The Gulf War—against tyranny, not communism—restored the U.S. to its position of prominence in the world, reaffirming its role as a world leader and a defender of freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275956608
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Maps

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Korea

Origins and Involvement

Across the Parallel and into Stalemate

Changing Objectives and the Accordion War

Fighting While Negotiating

Vietnam

Postwar Politics, Foreign Policy, and the French Interlude

The Long Road to Intervention: Vietnam Policy under Eisenhower and Kennedy

The Legacy Passes to Johnson

Johnson's Fall and Nixon's Rise

The Last Act

The Gulf War

Background for Conflict

"The Liberation of Kuwait Has Begun"

Desert Storm: The Air War

Desert Storm: The Ground War and the Triumph of Lessons Learned

Bibliographic Essay and Suggested Reading

Index

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