The Search for Peace in Vietnam, 1964-1968

The Search for Peace in Vietnam, 1964-1968

by Lloyd C. Gardner
     
 


The Search for Peace in Vietnam, 1964-1968, the newest edition in the Texas A&M University Press Series on Foreign Relations and the Presidency, is a collection of essays that analyze the Vietnam War in terms of its significance to the global arena. Under the guidance of editors Lloyd C. Gardner and Ted Gittinger, the contributors,…  See more details below

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The Search for Peace in Vietnam, 1964-1968, the newest edition in the Texas A&M University Press Series on Foreign Relations and the Presidency, is a collection of essays that analyze the Vietnam War in terms of its significance to the global arena. Under the guidance of editors Lloyd C. Gardner and Ted Gittinger, the contributors, representing both communist and capitalist backgrounds, examine whether the Vietnam War was responsible for the transformation of the international system, using a formula postulated by series editor H. W. Brands, which looks at the international system at the beginning of the war and at the end, and measuring how much of the difference in the two periods is the result of the war.

Topics include Robert J. McMahon's assessment of the war's legacy to Southeast Asia; Xiaoming Zhang's analysis of Chinese involvement as an element in the Sino-Soviet rivalry; Ilya Gaiduk's account of the Soviet Indochina policy within the context of Moscow's relations with the outside world; Judith A. Klinghoffer's examination of the war's role in determining American foreign policy in the Middle East; Hiroshi Fujimoto's discussion of whether America's Cold War policy of regionalism affected Japan's economic prosperity; and other analyses by H. W. Brands, Lloyd C. Gardner, Robert K. Brigham, Frank Costigliola, Kil J. Yi, and Quang Zhai. John Prados ends the book questioning whether the Vietnam War was, in essence, just a sideshow in international relations and attempts to understand the war's place in the world and its impact on the place of the United States.

The Search for Peace in Vietnam, 1964-1968 brings together a diverse group of scholars representing various viewpoints and backgrounds regarding the Vietnam War. The book breaks free from the mold of many American analyses of Vietnam, which place the war solely in the context of America's involvement and detriment, and endeavors to look further for both causes and effects. A true scholarly work, The Search for Peace in Vietnam, 1964-1968 challenges readers to think about this pivotal point in international history in a new way.

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Editorial Reviews

Gary Hess

“This is overall a splendid collection of essays, most of which bring fresh perspectives and new details, buttressed by recently available documents, to the engaging question of why the several efforts to end the war in Vietnam through diplomacy failed . . . While not changing conventional explanations, the essays contribute significantly to understanding the objectives and techniques of the individuals and governments that attempted, in one way or another, to either head-off war in Vietnam or to end it after Johnson Americanized the conflict in 1965 . . . In sum, the book underlines the international dimensions of the war . . . There can be no doubt of the value of this book. It is a significant addition to the literature on the Vietnam War. It brings together recognized scholars, engaged in original research on a topic that now can be explored and understood much more fully than just a few years ago. It will be of interest and value principally to the scholarly community, although it will have appealed to a wider audience given the general interest on the Vietnam War.”-Gary Hess, Professor, Bowling Green State University
Journal of Cold War Studies

Consistently well written and often thought-provoking, this book offers insights into international politics and American foreign policy during the 1960s that extend well beyond the subject of the search for peace in Vietnam.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585443420
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
Foreign Relations and the Presidency Series, #8
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author


Lloyd C. Gardner is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. An elected Fellow of the Society of American Historians and former president of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, he has written many books and numerous articles on foreign policy and Vietnam.Ted Gittinger is director of special projects at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and a Vietnam veteran. He and Gardner previously edited International Perspectives on Vietnam.

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