Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the United States, and the Modern Historical Experience

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Kolko's groundbreaking and widely cited study of the Vietnam War, with a new postscript by the author.
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Overview

Kolko's groundbreaking and widely cited study of the Vietnam War, with a new postscript by the author.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565842182
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 The Origins of the War to 1960
1 Vietnam's Road to Crisis 13
2 The Communist Party until 1945: From Depression to War 22
3 Vietnam: From the August 1945 Revolution to Protracted War 35
4 The Internal World of Vietnamese Communism: Theory and Practice 45
5 The Communist Party's Consolidation of Power 62
6 America's Confrontation with the Limits of World Power, 1946-1960 72
7 South Vietnam to 1959: Origins of the Conflict 80
8 The Communist Party's Dilemma in the South, 1954-1959 97
Pt. 2 The Crisis in South Vietnam and American Intervention, 1961-1965
9 The U.S. Involvement in Vietnam: From Sponsorship to Air War 111
10 The War and Rural Vietnam 126
11 The Challenge of Defining Military Strategies 138
12 The United States, the Revolution, and the Components of Struggle 152
Pt. 3 Total War, 1965-1967, and the Transformation of South Vietnam
13 Escalation and the Frustration of American Politics 163
14 The Continuing Search for Effective Military Strategies 176
15 The Dilemma of the American Way of War 188
16 War and the Transformation of South Vietnamese Society 199
17 Nguyen Van Thieu and the RVN Power Structure 208
18 The Dilemma of Economic Dependency and the RVN 223
19 The Building of the RVN's Army and the Struggle for Rural South Vietnam 231
20 The Character and Consequences of the Two Vietnamese Armies 252
21 The Communist Party's Responses to Total War 264
22 The Economic Impact of the War on the United States 283
23 The Balance of Forces in the War at the End of 1967 293
Pt. 4 The Tet Offensive and the Events of 1968
24 The Tet Offensive 303
25 The Tet Offensive's Impact on Washington 312
26 Assessing the Tet Offensive 327
Pt. 5 War and Diplomacy, 1969-1972
27 The Nixon Administration's Confrontation with Vietnam and the World 341
28 The Crisis of American Military Power 356
29 The Revolution's Military Policy, 1969-1971 368
30 The United States and the RVN: Vietnamization's Contradictions 377
31 The Struggle for a Changing Rural South Vietnam 386
32 The Communist Party's International Strategy 401
33 War on Two Fronts: Diplomacy and Battlefields, 1971-1972 412
34 The Diplomatic Process: Illusions and Realities 431
Pt. 6 The Crisis of the Republic of Vietnam and the End of the War, 1973-1975
35 The Balance of Forces in South Vietnam, Early 1973, and the Impact of the RVN's Policies 457
36 The Nixon Administration's Dilemmas of Power 470
37 Recovery and Response: The Communist Party's Strategy until Mid-1974 476
38 The Deepening Crisis of the RVN Social System 483
39 Saigon and Washington, Mid-1974: The Conjunction of Two Crises 499
40 The Revolution's Perceptions and Plans, Late 1974 513
41 The End of the War 521
Conclusion 545
Postscript 559
Abbreviations Used in Postscript Notes 603
Sources and Notes 605
Chronology 653
Glossary 658
Index 661
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