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Understanding Vietnam

Neil L. Jamieson


The American experience in Vietnam divided America as a nation and eroded its confidence in both the morality and the effectiveness of its foreign policy. Yet America's understanding of this tragic episode remains superficial because, then and now, it has never grasped the passionate commitment with which the Vietnamese clung to and fought over their own competing visions of what Vietnam was and what it might become. To understand the war, we must understand the Vietnamese, their culture, and their ways of looking at the world. This book paints a portrait of twentieth-century Vietnam. Against ... More

Keywords: American experience, Vietnam, morality, foreign policy, Vietnamese, Vietnamese culture, Vietnam War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780520201576
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520201576.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil L. Jamieson, author