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Hanoi's war [electronic resource] : an international history of the war for peace in Vietnam /
Lien-Hang T. Nguyen.
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2012.
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xiv, 444 p. ; 25 cm.
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9780807835517 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2012.
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9780807835517 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Le Duan's rise to power and the road to war -- Policing the state in a time of war -- The battle in Hanoi for the Tet Offensive -- To Paris and beyond -- Sideshows and main arenas -- Talking while fighting -- War against détente -- War for peace.
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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."--Publisher's description.
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11877483
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 391-415) and index.
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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.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-11-01:
The Vietnam War remains a significant area of inquiry for scholars. For years, authors have focused like a laser on US decision makers, as if the US were the only actor on the diplomatic stage during that tragedy. Only recently have historians sought to give a more balanced interpretation of the conflict by reviewing the Vietnamese role. Now, Nguyen (Univ. of Kentucky) focuses on one of the most significant figures within the North Vietnamese Politburo, Le Duan. In contrast with the other major figures in North Vietnam, such as Vo Nguyen Giap, Le Due Tho, and Ho Chi Minh, Le Duan remained a mystery. Although the author was denied access to the main archives, Nguyen still managed to utilize other depositories, allowing her to fill in the blanks in Le Duan's career. Previous studies sought to give the impression that the working relationship in Hanoi's ruling inner circle was cooperative, but nothing could be further from the truth. Le Duan helped to win the war not by subtle internal debates, but by his iron fist. A must addition for any academic library today. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. C. C. Lovett Emporia State University
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"Whatever you think you know about the war in Vietnam will be challenged, revised, and deepened by this remarkable book. . . . ###Hanoi's War# is a must-read. . . .The book deserves more attention than it has thus far received. It enriches our understanding of the War in Vietnam and by implication, subsequent American commitments, including the war in Afghanistan."-- - Short Fuse Book Review
"Without question, Hanoi's War stands as a major accomplishment and one of the most important scholarly works to appear on this later, and relatively understudied, phase of the struggle." - Foreign Affairs
"Using important new documentation from across the world, most notably Vietnam, Lien-Hang Nguyen has written the first truly authoritative account of the negotiations that led to the 1973 Paris Peace Accords. ###Hanoi's War# is an extraordinary achievement, an indispensable contribution to the rapidly changing history of the conflicts in Vietnam."--George C. Herring, author of ###America's Longest War: The United States in Vietnam, 1950-1975#
"Using important new documentation from across the world, most notably Vietnam, Lien-Hang Nguyen has written the first truly authoritative account of the negotiations that led to the 1973 Paris Peace Accords. Hanoi's War is an extraordinary achievement, an indispensable contribution to the rapidly changing history of the conflicts in Vietnam."--George C. Herring, author of America's Longest War: The United States in Vietnam, 1950-1975
"Nyugen's magnificent book is truly an international history of the war, with new Vietnamese sources and serious attention to international actors. Scholars of the Vietnam War and the Cold War will be in her debt."--Andrew Preston, Cambridge University
"Stunning.... [Nguyen] presents a compelling view from "the other side of the hill." - Sea Classics
"Nguyen's beautifully crafted and original book makes a transformative contribution to the study of the Vietnam wars. In offering a compelling analysis of newly available Vietnamese source material set against a capacious international canvas, Nguyen lets us fully understand how and why this tragic war finally came to an end. No one has so richly captured how the Vietnamese made their own history, and at the same time produced such a luminous work of international history."--Mark Philip Bradley, University of Chicago
"Nguyen should be congratulated for tilting decisively away from America's war in Vietnam. . . . She gives Vietnamese-language sources the attention they deserve." - Critical Asian Studies
"Nguyen's magnificent book is truly an international history of the war, with new Vietnamese sources and serious attention to international actors. Scholars of the Vietnam War and the Cold War will be in her debt."--Andrew Preston, Cambridge University
"[A] valuable narrative of Hanoi's diplomatic struggles." - Times Literary Supplement
"A well written, meticulously researched book that will appeal to both military and general readers." - Michigan War Studies Review
" Hanoi's War is first-rate. The scope is ambitious.... The value of Hanoi's War is its use of existing records to produce a new interpretation of Hanoi's struggle. It adds a valuable new chapter to the international history of the war." - Journal of Military History
" Hanoi's War is the book for which historians of the American war in Vietnam have been waiting: the first comprehensive study drawn from Vietnamese archival and published sources that provides a critical examination of North Vietnam's strategic decisions. There is no other work like it in English, Vietnamese, or any other language. Nguyen has made a pathbreaking contribution to historical understanding of the war." - Journal of American History
"A breakthrough of unique importance for a fuller understanding of the history of the Vietnam War." -H-War
"[A] deeply researched, well-argued book." - The VVA Veteran
"A must addition for any academic library today. Essential. All levels/libraries." - Choice
"At last, a genuinely international history of the Vietnam war that solidly rests on Vietnamese sources in order to offer a deep analysis of the war from the other side. This is one of the most important books published on the Vietnam War in the last thirty years."--Marilyn B. Young, New York University
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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.
Library of Congress Summary
"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."--Publisher's description.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
The Path to Revolutionary War
LeDuan's Rise to Power and the Road to Warp. 17
Policing the State in a Time of Warp. 48
Breaking the Stalemate
The Battle in Hanoi for the Tet Offensivep. 87
To Paris and Beyondp. 110
The Pursuit of a Chimeric Victory
Sideshows and Main Arenasp. 153
Talking while Fightingp. 194
The Making of a Faulty Peace
War against Détentep. 231
War for Peacep. 257
Epiloguep. 300
Conclusionp. 305
Notesp. 313
Bibliographyp. 391
Indexp. 417
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