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Access to History. The USA and Vietnam 1945-75 by Vivienne Sanders

By Vivienne Sanders

The 3rd variation of this best-selling name has been revised and up to date to mirror the wishes of the present standards and gives a radical and lucid account of America's involvement in Vietnam throughout the interval 1945-75. It begins 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 research how the clash escalated and the us grew to become totally concerned. The publication additionally appears on the strain for peace at the US domestic entrance and the way this had an effect 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. through the publication, key dates, phrases and concerns are highlighted, and historic interpretations of key debates are defined. precis diagrams are incorporated to consolidate wisdom and realizing of the interval, and exam-style questions and information for every exam board give you the chance to enhance examination abilities.

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Set up Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO) 1956 – Did nothing when USSR quashed anti-Communist uprising in Hungary; re-elected president 1961 – Retired to Pennsylvania 1969 – Died Eisenhower and Two Vietnams | 31 putting these Americans in danger but that ‘we must not lose Asia’. By March, the situation at Dienbienphu was beginning to look hopeless, so France requested a US air strike against the Vietminh in order to strengthen the French negotiating position at Geneva. Eisenhower gave the request serious consideration.

Keen to woo France away from the Western alliance, Moscow was willing to give France concessions over Indochina. • In France many were tiring of the struggle and/or were aware of worldwide expectation that the war ought to be brought to an end. • Communist China favoured negotiations because it wanted to forestall American involvement in Indochina and it judged that Key question Eisenhower and Two Vietnams | 35 participation in the peace talks would gain it increased international recognition and respectability.

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. 1950–73 Communist China After 1949 USSR c. 1950 to c. 1989 3 Eisenhower and Two Vietnams POINTS TO CONSIDER A century of French involvement in Indochina ended in 1954, at a conference held at Geneva in Switzerland. Laos, Cambodia and a divided Vietnam emerged from this conference.

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