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The USA in Asia 1945-75
This title combines content from The USA and Vietnam 1945-75 and new content about the Korean War to give a comprehensive and engaging coverage of the history of the United States involvement in Asia 1945-75. The book examines major questions such as:
- What was the nature of the ideological struggle in south east Asia in the early 1950s?
- What were the causes, course and consequences of the Korean War?
- Why did the US become increasingly involved in Vietnam from 1954-68?
- What led to the US withdrawal from Vietnam during the Nixon Presidency?
- Why did the US fail to win the Vietnam War?
Table of Contents:
Introduction The Cold War Context
1 Overview: Two US Wars in Asia
2 The Cold War to 1949
3 The Cold War comes to Asia (1949)
4 Overview of the Korean War (1950-3)
5 Overview of the Vietnam War (1946-75)
Chapter 1 Causes of the Korean War
1 Korea Before 1945
2 Korea 1945-9
3 The US Position on Korea in Early 1950
4 The Korean Civil War
5 The Soviets, the Chinese and the Outbreak of the Korean War
6 The US Entry into the Korean War
7 Key Debates on the Korean War
Chapter 2 The Course of Events in the Korean War in 1950
1 The internationalisation of the War
2 The Military Situation, June-September 1950
3 Inchon and New American War Aims
4 Key Debate: Why China Intervened in the Korean War
5 The Fighting in Korea, October-December 1950
6 Key Debate: How well did General MacArthur do in Korea?
Chapter 3 Ending the Korean War, 1951-3
1 Winter 1950-1: A Change of Leadership
2 MacArthur's Dismissal
3 Chinese Aims in 1951
4 The Signing of the Armistice in 1953
on American Society and Politics
on US Foreign Policy
Chapter 4 Vietnam and Foreigners Before 1953
1 Ho Chi Minh and Vietnamese Nationalism
2 The United States and Vietnam, 1941-5
3 The Reasons for the Early American Involvement in Vietnam
4 'These Situations...Have a Way of Snowballing'
5 Key Debates on the Rruman Years
Chapter 5 Eisenhower and Two Vietnams
1 Ho, Giap and the French Failure in Indochina
2 Dienbienphu: The Debate over American Intervention
3 The Geneva Conference on Indochina, 1954
4 Two Vietnams and Two Leaders
5 Assessment of Eisenhoer's Policy
6 Key Debates
Chapter 7 'Johnson's War?'
1 Why Johnson Continues US Involvement in the War
2 How Johnson was Able to Escalate the War
3 Why did Johnson Escalate the American Involvement in Vietnam?
4 'Where Are We Going?'
5 Was it 'Johnson's War'?
6 Key Debates
Chapter 8 Why the USA Failed: I - The People in Vietnam
1 The Vietnamese
2 The Americans in Vietnam
3 Key Debates
Chapter 9 Why the USA Failed: II - US Politicians and People
1 Problems with Johnson's Aims and Methods
2 Why and How Johnson was Forced to Retreat
3 Johnson's Last Months
4 Conclusions about Johnson and the War
Chapter 10 1969-73: Nixon - Diplomatic Genius or Mad Bomber?
1 Nixon's Changing Views on Vietnam
2 President Nixon, Kissinger and the Vietnam Problem
3 Vietnam 1969-71
4 1972 - Getting Re-elected
5 Assessment of Nixon's Vietnam Policy
6 Key Debate
Chapter 11 Conclusions: The USA in Asia 1950-73
1 Why the United States was Involved in Asia 1950-73
2 The Role of Congress, Public Opinion and the Press
3 The Achievements of the United States in Asia, 1950-73