The Vietnam War as History: Edited by Elizabeth Jane Errington and B.J.C. McKercher (Google eBook)

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Elizabeth Jane Errington, B. J. C. McKercher
Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1990 - History - 196 pages
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.Through the lenses of history this important book probes the events in Southeast Asia in the thirty years after 1945. This book compiles the most current scholarly interpretations on the causes and outcome of the Vietnam War. The contributors reflect on and discuss various aspects of the Vietnam conflicts and clear away many of the misconceptions and myths that still surround the wars. They try to understand how and why events in Southeast Asia happened as they did, and the impact they had both regionally and globally. A useful reference for any scholar of the Vietnam War, "The Vietnam War as History" will appeal to the general reader as well, particularly those who served in Vietnam.

The chapters offer a diverse set of approaches of the war. Many of the contributors disagree philosophically on the causes and nature of the conflict. Some--Thomas Cubbage and Harry Summers--write from their personal involvement in the war. Others take a more detached view. And still others seek to provide further insight into some of the twisted questions that surrounded the conflict. All are united in their attempts to come to terms with the wars in Vietnam as a distinct historical event.

  

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Contents

The Vietnam Analogy and the Lessons of History
3
The First Vietnam War Aftershocks in the East
17
The 1954 Geneva Conference After a Decent Interval
43
The Origins of US Involvement in Vietnam
57
Laos The Escalation of a Secret War
73
Intelligence and the Tet Offensive The South Vietnamese View of the Threat
91
Battles at Home and Abroad The Influence of Lyndon Johnsons Press Relations on the War in Vietnam
117
Canada Peacemaking and the Vietnam War Where Did Ottawa Go Wrong?
133
The Last Years of the War A Personal View
163
Vietnam the NeverEnding War
177
Selected Bibliography
187
Index
191
About the Editors and Contributors
195
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About the author (1990)

Elizabeth Jane Errington is currently dean of arts at the Royal Military College and also teaches at Queen's University. Her research interests centre on life in 19th-century Upper Canada. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

B.J.C. MCKERCHER is Professor of International History and Chair of War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada. He has recently written Transition of Power: Britain's Loss of Global Preeminence to the United States, 1930-1945 (1999); and he has co-edited (with Roch Legault) Military Planning and the Origins of the Second World War (Praeger, 2001).

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