The Search for Peace in Vietnam, 1964-1968

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Lloyd C. Gardner, Ted Gittinger
Texas A&M University Press, Dec 10, 2004 - History - 406 pages
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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, 1964-1968brings 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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Contents

Introduction
3
Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace
13
Fighting While Negotiating
24
Discussions Not Negotiations
45
The PENNSYLVANIA Peace Initiative
59
The Mirage of Negotiations
73
Who Gave Peace a Chance?
83
George McGovern and Mr Johnsons War
97
The ASPEN Channel and the Problem of the Bombing
183
The Japanese Governments Peace Efforts in theVietnam War 19651968
207
The Limits of Peacemaking
231
Peacemaking or Troubleshooting?
260
Chinas Response to French Peace Initiatives
278
A HalfHearted Overture
292
The Pentagon and Peace Negotiationsafter March 31 1968
321
The Shape of the Table
355

Missions Impossible
117
How Fuzzy Can One Be?
144
De Gaulle and the Vietnam War
162
Triangle of Discord
166
Vietnam and the Origins of Détente
371
Contributors
391
Index
395
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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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