The Second Indochina War: A Concise Political and Military History

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Oct 17, 2008 - History - 336 pages
Now in a thoroughly revised edition, this influential book offers a concise history of the "Vietnam War" as seen by all sides, not just from the American perspective. Retaining its invaluable account of the strategies, perspectives, and internal politics of the Vietnamese Communists based on research in primary documents and interviews in Saigon and Hanoi, this completely updated and expanded edition incorporates the avalanche of documentation and secondary literature in both English and Vietnamese that has appeared over the past two decades. Distinguished scholar William S. Turley traces the conflict from its origins in the colonial period to its aftermath and shows how the local, national, regional, and global layers of conflict blended into a single event of great complexity. He takes a refreshingly objective look at contentious issues and concludes with a penetrating assessment of the claims, justifications, and "lessons" that scholars, statesmen, and strategists have advanced since the war's end.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 01 Legacies of Time
9
Chapter 02 Between Two Wars
25
Chapter 03 Fateful Decisions
57
Chapter 04 Americanization
93
Chapter 05 Air War
123
Chapter 06 Tet
137
Chapter 07 The Road to Paris
161
Chapter 08 After the Americans
205
Chapter 09 Of Lessons and Their Price
237
Annual Troop Movement from North to South and Casualties en Route May 1959 to April 1975Group 559 and American Estimates
265
Revolutionary Armed Forces and Population in the B2 Theater
267
Further Reading
269
Index
289
About the Author
301
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William S. Turley is professor emeritus of political science at Southern Illinois University.

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