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

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

by Mark Philip Bradley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195315138

ISBN-13: 9780195315134

Pub. Date: 04/30/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195315134
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/30/2008
Series:
Reinterpreting History Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Editors and Contributors xi

Introduction: Making Sense of the Vietnam Wars Mark Philip Bradley Marilyn B. Young 3

Part I American Intervention and the Cold War Consensus

Explaining the Early Decisions: The United States and the French War, 1945-1954 Mark Atwood Lawrence 23

"No Place to Fight a War": Laos and the Evolution of U.S. Policy toward Vietnam, 1954-1963 Seth Jacobs 45

Explaining the Vietnam War: Dominant and Contending Paradigms Gareth Porter 67

"There Ain't No Daylight": Lyndon Johnson and the Politics of Escalation Frederik Logevall 91

Part II The Coming of War in Vietnam

Through a Glass Darkly: Reading the History of the Vietnamese Communist Party, 1945-1975 Sophie Quinn-Judge 111

Vision, Power, and Agency: The Ascent of Ngo Dinh Diem, 1945-1954 Edward Miller 135

Taking Notice of the Everyday David Hunt 171

Co So Cach Mang and the Social Network of War Heonik Kwon 199

Part III War's End and Endless Wars

Cold War Contradictions: Toward an International History of the Second Indochina War, 1969-1973 Lien-Hang T. Nguyen 219

"Help Us Tell the Truth about Vietnam": POW/MIA Politics and the End of the American War Michael J. Allen 251

Official History, Revisionist History, and Wild History David W. P. Elliott 277

Suggested Readings 305

Index 309

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