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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Mary Alice Downie has written and edited 28 books for children and adults. Her many books include "And Some Brought Flowers" with Mary Hamilton, and "The Well-Filled Cupboard" with Barbara Robertson. 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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