Mark Atwood Lawrence's The Vietnam War: A Concise International History PDF

By Mark Atwood Lawrence

ISBN-10: 0199718121

ISBN-13: 9780199718122

The Vietnam warfare is still a subject matter of amazing curiosity, no longer least as a result of remarkable parallels among that clash and more moderen battling within the center East. within the Vietnam conflict, Mark Atwood Lawrence attracts upon the newest study in records world wide to supply readers a good account of a key second in U.S. in addition to international history.

While targeting American involvement among 1965 and 1975, Lawrence bargains an unprecedentedly entire photo of either side of the warfare, significantly via interpreting the factors that drove the Vietnamese communists and their international allies. in addition, the booklet conscientiously considers either the lengthy- and momentary origins of the struggle. Lawrence examines the increase of Vietnamese communism within the early 20th century and divulges how chilly struggle anxieties of the Nineteen Forties and Fifties set the us at the street to intervention. after all, the guts of the e-book covers the "American war," starting from the overthrow of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem to the effect of the Tet Offensive on American public opinion, Lyndon Johnson's withdrawal from the 1968 presidential race, Richard Nixon's growth of the conflict into Cambodia and Laos, and the difficult peace contract of 1973, which ended American army involvement. eventually, the e-book explores the advanced aftermath of the war--its enduring legacy in American books, movie, and political debate, in addition to Vietnam's struggles with serious social and fiscal problems.

A compact and authoritative primer on an intensely correct subject, this well-researched and fascinating quantity bargains a useful review of the Vietnam conflict.

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Delegation leader Pham Van Dong demanded international recognition of the independence and unity of all three Indochinese states, withdrawal of foreign troops, and locally supervised elections for new governments. He also insisted that Laotian and Cambodian communists be seated as official participants in the Geneva meetings. The Western powers had different ideas. The French government hoped to hold onto a significant degree of influence, at least in the south. But the fiercest opposition to the DRV’s agenda came from the United States, where policymakers remained deeply wary of communist expansion in Asia.

Like Marx, Lenin argued that full-fledged communist revolution could occur only in the most highly industrialized nations. Yet Lenin nonetheless saw anticolonial movements as crucial allies in the struggle to overthrow global capitalism and theorized that they could carry out revolutions of a particular kind. In peasant societies, Lenin called for the 20  The Vietnam War establishment of communist parties led by tiny groups of industrial workers and radical intellectuals. The parties would then carry out revolutions in two stages.

Those who have rifles will use their rifles; those who have swords will use their swords,’’ declared Ho Chi Minh. ’’4 INTERNATIONALIZATION Vastly superior in arms and mobility, French forces scored quick successes. Colonial troops—an assortment of army regulars, Foreign Legionnaires, and Vietnamese conscripts—captured most key cities of northern and central Vietnam in the first weeks of fighting. In fall 1947, a major offensive inflicted heavy Vietnamese casualties and nearly captured DRV leaders headquartered in the Tonkinese mountains.

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