Vietnam and the United States: Origins and Legacy of War
"If there is an overall theme to this study, it relates to the American response to the Vietnamese Communist revolution, or more specifically, to the August Revolution, which in 1945 brought Ho Chi Minh and his movement to prominence and power. Throughout the several phases of U.S. involvement - the support of the French war effort, the fostering of an independent South Vietnam, the years of intense warfare, and the postwar hostility - the American opposition to the Vietnamese revolution has been unrelenting. How a Communist revolution in such a relatively obscure and economically backward county came to be perceived as a challenge to U.S. national security can be answered in part, but enough uncertainty remains that it continues to be an intriguing question and one with long-range implications for U.S. foreign policy"--Preface.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
achieve administration agreement ally American areas army assault assistance attack August authority base became bombing called Cambodia campaign China Chinese cited cities colonial commitment Communist continued critical determined Diem direct early economic effective effort elections enemy established eventually faced fighting followed forces foreign France French groups Haiphong Hanoi important increased independence Indochina influence interests Japanese Johnson Khmer Rouge killed land Laos later lead leaders leadership liberation limited major March ment military million moved movement nationalist negotiations Nixon North Vietnamese northern objective offensive officials operations party Pathet Lao peasants Philippines political population position President pressures principal problems quickly relations remained resistance result rule Saigon seemed sought South Southeast Asia Soviet Union strategy struggle supplies Thieu thousand tion took troops United victory Viet Cong Viet Minh Vietnam villages warfare withdrawal