Synopses & Reviews
One of the most popular titles in the Seminar Studies series, The Vietnam War
examines the conflict from its origins through to 1975 and North Vietnams victory. This new edition
brings the book up to date with current academic debates and includes new source material.
Mitchell Hall explores all the key elements of the conflict, including:
· US motivations for entering the war and the military strategies employed
· the role of the media
· the rise of domestic opposition
· the wars impact in the US and Vietnam.
The new edition also provides insights into the political decisions of the Vietnamese communists, and Vietnams relations with other major powers, particularly China and the Soviet Union.
The main text is supported by a documents section, expanded for the new edition, and a range of study tools, including a chronology of events, a guide to characters, a glossary of terms and a new bibliographical essay. Concise yet thorough, the book provides students with an accessible and stimulating introduction to the war.
Mitchell K. Hall is Professor of History at Central Michigan University. He is the author of Because of Their Faith (1990) and Crossroads: American Popular Culture and the Vietnam Generation (2005).
This is a concise and accessible introduction to the Vietnam war. Books in this Seminar Studies in History series bridge the gap between textbook and specialist survey and consists of a brief "Introduction" and/or "Background" to the subject, valuable in bringing the reader up-to-speed on the area being examined, followed by a substantial and authoritative section of "Analysis" focusing on the main themes and issues. There is a succinct "Assessment" of the subject, a generous selection of "Documents" and a detailed bibliography. Begins by exploring the origins of the conflict and then focuses on the war itself, taking the story through to 1975 and North Vietnam's victory. MARKET For those interested in US History , the Vietnam War or Southeast Asian history.
An essential guide to the Vietnam war that takes the story through to 1975 and the North Vietnamese victory.
- Provides fresh insight into the role of other major powers, in particular Chinaand the Soviet Union
- Contains enhanced detail in areas such as American military and political decision-making; as well as clarifying the Vietnamese Communists political decisions and conduct throughout the war
- Benefits from valuable additional resources such as documents, chronology, glossary, guide to characters and a detailed bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. -131) and index.
About the Author
Mitchell Hall is Professor of History at Central Michigan University. His other publications Because of Their Faith (1990) and Crossroads: American Popular Culture and the Vietnam Generation (2005)
Table of Contents
Introduction to the series
List of Abbreviations
PART ONE: THE BACKGROUND
1. ROOTS OF THE VIETNAM WAR
The Rise of Vietnamese Nationalism
The First Indochina War
The United States and Ngo Dinh Diem
Johnsons Decisions for War
PART TWO: THE VIETNAM WAR
2. AMERICA GOES TO WAR
Making the Commitment
The Ground War
Turmoil in the South
3. TURNING POINTS
The Antiwar Movement
The Debate in Washington
The Tet Offensive
The Nation Reconsiders
4. THE END OF THE TUNNEL
The Easter Offensive
The Paris Agreement
5. CONCLUSION AND LEGACY
The American Withdrawal
The Final Offensives
Laos and Cambodia
Impact on the United States
Impact on Vietnam
PART THREE: DOCUMENTS