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A Time for Peace: The Legacy of the Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War left wounds that have taken three decades to heal--indeed some scars remain even today. In A Time for Peace, prominent American historian Robert D. Schulzinger sheds light on how deeply etched memories of this devastating conflict have altered America's political, social, and cultural landscape.

Schulzinger examines the impact of the war from many angles. He traces the long, twisted, and painful path of reconciliation with Vietnam, the heated controversy over soldiers who were missing in action and how it resulted in years of false hope for military families, and the outcry over Maya Lin's design for the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. In addition, the book examines the influx of over a million Vietnam refugees and Amerasian children into the US and describes the plight of Vietnam veterans, many of whom returned home alienated, unhappy, and unappreciated, though some led productive post-war lives. Schulzinger looks at how the controversies of the war have continued to be fought in books and films, ranging from novels such as Going After Cacciato and Paco's Story to such movies as The Green Berets (directed by and starring John Wayne), The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, and Rambo. Perhaps most important, the author explores the power of the Vietnam metaphor on foreign policy, particularly in Central America, Somalia, the Gulf War, and the war in Iraq. We see how the "lessons" of the war have been reinterpreted by different ends of the political spectrum.

Using a vast array of sources--from government documents to memoirs, film, and fiction--A Time for Peace provides an illuminating account of a war that still looms large in the American imagination.

Synopsis:

A prominent American historian sheds light on how deeply etched memories of the devastating Vietnam War have altered America's political, social, and cultural landscape. Perhaps most important, the author explores the power of the Vietnam metaphor on foreign policy, particularly in Central America, Somalia, the Gulf War, and the war in Iraq.

About the Author

Robert D. Schulzinger is Professor of History and Director of the International Affairs Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The author of many books on the history of U.S. foreign relations and politics, including A Time For War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975 (OUP, 1997), he is a former President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the Editor-In-Chief of Diplomatic History.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195071900
Author:
Schulzinger, Robert
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Schulzinger, Robert D.
Author:
null, Robert D.
Author:
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Author:
hulzinger, Robert D.
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Vietnamese Americans
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
History, American | Since 1945
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States.
Subject:
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Veterans
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Copyright:
Series Volume:
No. 397
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 halftones
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.24x6.40x.94 in. 1.22 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A prominent American historian sheds light on how deeply etched memories of the devastating Vietnam War have altered America's political, social, and cultural landscape. Perhaps most important, the author explores the power of the Vietnam metaphor on foreign policy, particularly in Central America, Somalia, the Gulf War, and the war in Iraq.

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