Contains alphabetically arranged articles that provide information on political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of Vietnam, focusing on leadership and reform issues, and includes entries on major cities and geographic features, as well as a chronology.
Introduction. 1. The Roots of Revolution. 2. Colonialism and Cold War. 3. An Anguished Peace. 4. Escalation. 5. War on Many Fronts. 6. The Tet Offensive. 7. The End of the American War. 8. Wars Unending. Further Reading
Distinguished scholar William S. Turley traces the conflict from its origins in the colonial period to its aftermath and shows how the local, national, regional, and global layers of conflict blended into a single event of great complexity. He takes a refreshingly objective look at contentious issues and concludes with a penetrating assessment of the claims, justifications, and "lessons" that scholars, statesmen, and strategists have advanced since the war's end.More information is available on the author's website.