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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275956608
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

GARY A. DONALDSON teaches at Xavier University in New Orleans, where he is Associate Professor of History.

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Table of Contents

Maps
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Korea
1 Origins and Involvement 3
2 Across the Parallel and into Stalemate 20
3 Changing Objectives and the Accordion War 36
4 Fighting While Negotiating 50
Pt. II Vietnam
5 Postwar Politics, Foreign Policy, and the French Interlude 69
6 The Long Road to Intervention: Vietnam Policy under Eisenhower and Kennedy 84
7 The Legacy Passes to Johnson 96
8 Johnson's Fall and Nixon's Rise 113
9 The Last Act 129
Pt. III The Gulf War
10 Background for Conflict 139
11 "The Liberation of Kuwait Has Begun" 153
12 Desert Storm: The Air War 168
13 Desert Storm: The Ground War and the Triumph of Lessons Learned 176
Notes 193
Bibliographic Essay and Suggested Reading 203
Index 217
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