Vietnam at War

Vietnam at War

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by Mark Philip Bradley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0192803492

ISBN-13: 9780192803498

Pub. Date: 05/15/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


The Vietnam War tends to conjure up images of American soldiers battling an elusive enemy in thick jungle, the thudding of helicopters overhead.

But there were in fact several Vietnam wars - an anticolonial war with France, a cold war turned hot with the United States, a civil war between North and South Vietnam and among the southern Vietnamese, a

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The Vietnam War tends to conjure up images of American soldiers battling an elusive enemy in thick jungle, the thudding of helicopters overhead.

But there were in fact several Vietnam wars - an anticolonial war with France, a cold war turned hot with the United States, a civil war between North and South Vietnam and among the southern Vietnamese, a revolutionary war of ideas over what should guide Vietnamese society into its postcolonial future, and finally a war of memories after the official end of hostilities with the fall of Saigon in 1975.

This book looks at how the Vietnamese themselves experienced all of these conflicts, showing how the wars for Vietnam were rooted in fundamentally conflicting visions of what an independent Vietnam should mean that in many ways remain unresolved to this day.

Drawing upon twenty years of research, Mark Philip Bradley examines the thinking and the behaviour of the key wartime decision-makers in Hanoi and Saigon, while at the same time exploring how ordinary Vietnamese, northerners and southerners, men and women, soldiers and civilians, urban elites and rural peasants, radicals and conservatives, came to understand the thirty years of bloody warfare that unfolded around them - and how they made sense of its aftermath.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192803498
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/15/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prelude
1. Visions of the Future
2. The French War
3. The Coming of the American War
4. Experiencing War
5. War's End
6. Coda
Further Reading
Notes
Index

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Vietnam at War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book