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Vietnam and the Transformation of American Life

ISBN: 978-1-57718-094-4
288 pages
November 1999, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Vietnam War, which dominated American life during the 1960s, helped to create, radicalize, and alter social and political life in the US.
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Introduction: Intersection: The Vietnam War and the Social and Political Movements of the 1960s.

Part I: The Vietnam War:.

1. Containment, Liberalism, and Vietnam: Background to the American War.

2. Why (Not) Vietnam? The Vietnamese, the French, and the Americans to 1960.

3. Destroying the Country to Save It: The American War on Vietnam, 1960-1968. 4. The Empire Strikes Back: The Vietnam War from 1968 to 1975.

Part II: The Movements of the 1960s:.

5. Hope and Anguish: Background to the 1960s.

6. Love Me, I'm a Liberal: Vietnam and the Politics of the 1960s.

7. The Wars at Home: Civil Rights and Women's Liberation.

8. One, Two, Three,Four, What are We Fightin' For? The War and American Culture.

9. At War with Vietnam . . . Still: The Impact and Legacy of the War and the 1960s.




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Robert Buzzanco is Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston. He is the author of Masters of War: Military Dissent and Politics in the Vietnam Era (1996), which received the Stuart L. Bernath Prize for best book in diplomatic history in 1996. In 1998 he was named as outstanding young scholar in his field by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
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* Concise and accessible treatment of the history of the Vietnam War and late 1960s America and their vital interconnectedness.
* Uses the Vietnam War as a focal point for examining the transformation of American culture that occurred during that era.
* Designed for maximum effectiveness in the classroom, avoids a rigid historical chronology of the era in favor of integrating the major social upheaval of the era with the events of the war.
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"The Indochina wars have cast a long shadow over world affairs. For the victims, they were a devastating catastrophe. Their legacy for the United States was substantial, interacting in complex ways with internal developments in American society. Buzzanco's study examines these themes with skill and insight, informed by outstanding scholarship and enriched by perceptive understanding." Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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