The War That Never Ends: New Perspectives on the Vietnam War

The War That Never Ends: New Perspectives on the Vietnam War

by David L. Anderson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813124735

ISBN-13: 9780813124735

Pub. Date: 11/28/2007

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

More than three decades after the final withdrawal of American troops from Southeast Asia, the legacy of the Vietnam War continues to influence political, military, and cultural discourse. Journalists, politicians, scholars, pundits, and others have used the conflict to analyze each of America's subsequent military engagements. Many Americans have observed that

Overview

More than three decades after the final withdrawal of American troops from Southeast Asia, the legacy of the Vietnam War continues to influence political, military, and cultural discourse. Journalists, politicians, scholars, pundits, and others have used the conflict to analyze each of America's subsequent military engagements. Many Americans have observed that Vietnam-era terms such as "cut and run," "quagmire," and "hearts and minds" are ubiquitous once again as comparisons between U.S. involvement in Iraq and in Vietnam seem increasingly appropriate. Because of its persistent significance, the Vietnam War era continues to inspire vibrant historical inquiry.

The eminent scholars featured in The War That Never Ends offer fresh and insightful perspectives on the continuing relevance of the Vietnam War, from the homefront to "humping in the boonies," and from the great halls of political authority to the gritty hotbeds of oppositional activism. The contributors assert that the Vietnam War is central to understanding the politics of the Cold War, the social movements of the late twentieth century, the lasting effects of colonialism, the current direction of American foreign policy, and the ongoing economic development in Southeast Asia.

The seventeen essays break new ground on questions relating to gender, religion, ideology, strategy, and public opinion, and the book gives equal emphasis to Vietnamese and American perspectives on the grueling conflict. The contributors examine such phenomena as the role of women in revolutionary organizations, the peace movements inspired by Buddhism, and Ho Chi Minh's successful adaptation of Marxism to local cultures. The War That Never Ends explores both the antiwar movement and the experiences of infantrymen on the front lines of battle, as well as the media's controversial coverage of America's involvement in the war. The War That Never Ends sheds new light on the evolving historical meanings of the Vietnam War, its enduring influence, and its potential to influence future political and military decision-making, in times of peace as well as war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813124735
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
369
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Dedications vii

Introduction: Why Vietnam Still Matters Marilyn Young 1

1 No More Vietnams: Historians Debate the Policy Lessons of the Vietnam War David L. Anderson 13

2 The United States and Vietnam: The Enemies Walter LaFeber 35

3 With Friends Like These: Waging War and Seeking "More Flags" Gary R. Hess 55

4 The Perspective of a Vietnamese Witness Luu Doan Huynh 75

5 Ho Chi Minh, Confucianism, and Marxism Robert K. Brigham 105

6 Vietnam during the Rule of Ngo Dinh Diem, 1954-63 Ronald B. Frankum 121

7 The Buddhist Antiwar Movement Robert Topmiller 143

8 The Long-Haired Warriors: Women and Revolution in Vietnam Sandra C. Taylor 167

9 Military Dissent and the Legacy of the Vietnam War Robert Buzzanco 191

10 Unpopular Messengers: Student Opposition to the Vietnam War Joseph A. Fry 219

11 Vietnam Is Here: The Antiwar Movement Terry H. Anderson 245

12 The Media and the Vietnam War Clarence R. Wyatt 265

13 Congress and the Vietnam War: Senate Doves and Their Impact on the War Kyle Longley 289

14 In the Valley: The Combat Infantryman and the Vietnam War Yvonne Honeycutt Baldwin John Ernst 311

15 The War That Never Seems to Go Away George C. Herring 335

16 A Speech for LBJ with Comments on George W. Bush Howard Zinn 351

List of Contributors 357

Index 361

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