Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Jul 15, 2012 - History - 464 pages
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While most historians of the Vietnam War focus on the origins of U.S. involvement and the Americanization of the conflict, Lien-Hang T. Nguyen examines the international context in which North Vietnamese leaders pursued the war and American intervention ended. This riveting narrative takes the reader from the marshy swamps of the Mekong Delta to the bomb-saturated Red River Delta, from the corridors of power in Hanoi and Saigon to the Nixon White House, and from the peace negotiations in Paris to high-level meetings in Beijing and Moscow, all to reveal that peace never had a chance in Vietnam.
Hanoi's War renders transparent the internal workings of America's most elusive enemy during the Cold War and shows that the war fought during the peace negotiations was bloodier and much more wide ranging than it had been previously. Using never-before-seen archival materials from the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as materials from other archives around the world, Nguyen explores the politics of war-making and peace-making not only from the North Vietnamese perspective but also from that of South Vietnam, the Soviet Union, China, and the United States, presenting a uniquely international portrait.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
THE PATH TO REVOLUTIONARY WAR
15
BREAKING THE STALEMATE
85
THE PURSUIT OF A CHIMERIC VICTORY
151
THE MAKING OF A FAULTY PEACE
229
Epilogue
300
Conclusion
305
Notes
313
Bibliography
391
Index
417
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Lien-Hang T. Nguyen is associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky.

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