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By Vivienne Sanders

The 3rd version of this best-selling identify has been revised and up-to-date to mirror the wishes of the present standards and offers an intensive and lucid account of America's involvement in Vietnam in the course of the interval 1945-75. It starts off with an creation to the occasions that resulted in France's withdrawal from Vietnam and US aid of Diem's executive and is going directly to study how the clash escalated and america turned totally concerned. The publication additionally seems to be on the strain for peace at the US domestic entrance and the way this had an influence at the eventual withdrawal and fallout from the struggle. The position of key figures within the clash, either American presidents and Vietnamese leaders, is analysed all through. during the publication, key dates, phrases and matters are highlighted, and historic interpretations of key debates are defined. precis diagrams are incorporated to consolidate wisdom and figuring out of the interval, and exam-style questions and assistance for every exam board give you the chance to improve examination abilities.

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M. Leffler, A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War (Stanford, 1997). M. Schaller, The American Occupation of Japan: the Origins of the Cold War in Asia (New York, 1985). D. Schulzinger, A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941–75 (New York, 1997). R. Shaplen, The Lost Revolution: The United States in Vietnam, 1946–68 (New York, 1966). Summary diagram: Vietnam and foreigners Countries interested in dominating Vietnam Chinese 208BC–fifteenth century French Seventeenth century–1954 Japanese 1940–5 Americans c.

In a speech broadcast on TV and radio in March 1954, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles (see page 32) made it clear that the administration feared Chinese expansion in Indochina. He pointed out that the Vietminh were trained and equipped by the Chinese. • Most important of all, Eisenhower felt that the loss of Vietnam to Communism would affect the global balance of power. He feared that if the US allowed Vietnam to fall to Communism, other Southeast Asian countries would follow. At a press conference in April 1954 Eisenhower explained that Vietnam was vitally important to America: Eisenhower’s domino theory: April 1954 You have the specific value of a locality in its production of materials [rice, rubber, coal, iron ore] that the world needs.

Collins urged land reform as Saigon’s main priority, but the United States created a Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) to direct and, as it turned out, dominate US assistance. Eisenhower and Two Vietnams | 43 of 450,000 registered voters in Saigon, Diem claimed that 605,025 had voted for him! Through a combination of force, fraud and friendship with America, Diem appeared to have made himself undisputed leader of the new state of South Vietnam. There was no real rival: Bao Dai remained in France and had refused to contest the election.

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