Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam / Edition 1

Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam / Edition 1

by Gareth Porter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520250044

ISBN-13: 9780520250048

Pub. Date: 09/20/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

Perils of Dominance is the first completely new interpretation of how and why the United States went to war in Vietnam. It challenges the prevailing theory that U.S. officials adhered blindly to the Cold War doctrine that loss of Vietnam would result in a "domino effect" and lead to communist domination of Southeast Asia. Gareth Porter presents compelling evidence…  See more details below

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Perils of Dominance is the first completely new interpretation of how and why the United States went to war in Vietnam. It challenges the prevailing theory that U.S. officials adhered blindly to the Cold War doctrine that loss of Vietnam would result in a "domino effect" and lead to communist domination of Southeast Asia. Gareth Porter presents compelling evidence that U.S. policy decisions on Vietnam from 1954 to mid-1965 were shaped by an overwhelming imbalance of military power favoring the United States over the Soviet Union and China.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520250048
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/20/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
422
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1The imbalance of power, 1953-19651
2The communist powers appease the United States32
3Eisenhower and Dulles exploit U.S. dominance in Vietnam69
4North Vietnamese policy under the American threat108
5Kennedy's struggle with the national security bureaucracy141
6Johnson, McNamara, and the Tonkin Gulf episode180
7Bureaucratic pressures and decisions for war203
8Dominoes, bandwagons, and the road to war229
9Conclusion : the perils of dominance259

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