The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War lasted for 20 years, from 1955 to 1975, and had deadly consequences for both the soldiers fighting in it and Vietnamese civilians. Following the partition of French Indochina by the Geneva Accords in 1954, tensions mounted between the two ideologically opposed halves of the country, resulting in a long conflict between the US-backed South Vietnam on the one hand, and the Communist North Vietnam and the Viet Cong on the other. In just 50 minutes, you will learn about the guerrilla warfare that was key to the Viet Cong’s success, the policy of containment underlying American intervention and the immense toll that the conflict took on its participants.
This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the key moments in the protracted war, including the USA’s decision to intervene thanks to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, the 1968 Tet Offensive and the Paris Peace Accords. It also features a full biography of the key figures in the conflict, including Ho Chi Minh and the US president Lyndon B. Johnson, a valuable introduction to the social and political context and an evaluation of the impact of the war, giving you all the essential information about this devastating struggle.
About the Vietnam War
The Vietnam War was one of the key proxy wars of the Cold War, as it pitted the US-backed South Vietnam against North Vietnam and the Viet Cong, which received support from the Soviet Union and Communist China. Although Washington initially hoped for a swift victory in order to halt the spread of Communism in South-East Asia, the inhospitable terrain and guerrilla tactics favoured by its adversaries made this impossible, and before long public opinion turned against the costly and incredibly bloody conflict.
This clear and accessible 72-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to the Vietnam War
- Political and social context
- French colonialism in Indochina
- The First Indochina War (1946-1954)
- Key protagonists
- Ho Chi Minh
- Ngô Đình Diệm
- Nguyễn Văn Thiệu
- Lyndon B. Johnson
- Analysis of the Vietnam War
- A conflict between the South Vietnamese army and the Viet Cong (1955-1964)
- US intervention (1964-1968)
- The gradual withdrawal of American forces (1969-1975)
- Impact of the Vietnam War
- The long road to international recognition (1976-2000)
- Trauma for veterans and Vietnamese citizens
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