Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars: Local, National, and Transnational Perspectives / Edition 1

Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars: Local, National, and Transnational Perspectives / Edition 1

by Mark Philip Bradley
     
 

Making sense of the wars for Vietnam has had a long history. The question "why Vietnam?" dominated American and Vietnamese political life for much of the length of the wars and has continued to be asked in the decades since they ended. This volume brings together the work of eleven scholars to examine the conceptual and methodological shifts that have marked the… See more details below

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Making sense of the wars for Vietnam has had a long history. The question "why Vietnam?" dominated American and Vietnamese political life for much of the length of the wars and has continued to be asked in the decades since they ended. This volume brings together the work of eleven scholars to examine the conceptual and methodological shifts that have marked the contested terrain of Vietnam War scholarship. Editors Marilyn Young and Mark Bradley's superb group of renowned contributors spans the generations-including those who were active during wartime, along with scholars conducting research in Vietnamese sources and uncovering new sources in the United States, former Soviet Union, China, and Eastern and Western Europe. Ranging in format from top-down reconsiderations of critical decision-making moments in Washington, Hanoi, and Saigon, to microhistories of the war that explore its meanings from the bottom up, these essays comprise the most up-to-date collection of scholarship on the controversial historiography of the Vietnam wars.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195315141
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2008
Series:
Reinterpreting History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
960,274
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars, Mark Philip Bradley and Marilyn B. Young
Part One: American Intervention and the Cold War Consensus
Explaining the Early Decisions: The United States and the French War, 1945-1954, Mark Atwood Lawrence (University of Texas at Austin
"No Place to Fight a War:" Laos and the Evolution of U.S. Policy toward Vietnam, 1954-1963, Seth Jacobs
Explaining the Vietnam War: dominant and Contending Paradigm, Gareth Porter (independent scholar)
"There Ain't No Daylight:" Lyndon Johnson and the Politics of Escalation, Fredrik Logevall (Cornell University)
Part Two: The Coming of War in Vietnam
Through a Glass Darkly: Reading the History of the Vietnamese Communist Part, 1945-1975, Sophie Quinn-Judge (Temple University)
Vision, Power and Agency: The Ascent of Ngo Dinh Diem, 1945-1954, Edward Miller (Dartmouth University)
Taking Notice of the Everyday, David Hunt (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
Co So Cach Mang and the Social Network of War, Heonik Kwon (University of Edinburgh)
Part Three: War's End and Endless Wars
Cold War Contradictions: Toward an International History of the Second Indochina War, 1969-1973, Lien Hang T. Nguyen (University of Kentucky)
"Help Us Tell the Truth about Vietnam:" POW/MIA Politics and the End of the American War, Michael J. Allen (North Carolina State University)
Official History, Revisionist History and Wild History, David W.P. Elliott (Pomona College)
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