A Companion to the Vietnam War (Blackwell Companions to by Marilyn B. Young, Robert Buzzanco

By Marilyn B. Young, Robert Buzzanco

A spouse to the Vietnam struggle includes twenty-four definitive essays on America's longest and so much divisive international clash. It represents the simplest present scholarship in this debatable and influential episode in smooth American background. Highlights problems with nationalism, tradition, gender, and race. Covers the breadth of Vietnam conflict heritage, together with American battle regulations, the Vietnamese standpoint, the antiwar flow, and the yankee domestic entrance. Surveys and evaluates the easiest scholarship on each vital period and subject. contains a choose bibliography to lead additional study.

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Today, as the passions of the Vietnam War begin to subside and additional source materials become available in a variety of languages, there are grounds for modest optimism that a more definitive understanding of Ho Chi Minh's life and activities will become possible in the coming years. The main channel of information is issuing from Vietnam itself, where the field of Ho Chi Minh studies has become a veritable growth industry as the Hanoi regime has attempted to utilize his many achievements as a means of mobilizing popular support for its current policies.

Communist parties were now authorized to seek alliances with other organizations and governments in resistance to the rising danger of world fascism. Ho proceeded first to Yan'an, then the wartime headquarters of the CCP North China. After remaining there for about two weeks, he traveled south to Guilin, where he was employed at an officers' club and wrote articles describing conditions in wartorn China. It was at this time that he made his first attempt to restore contact with the ICP leadership inside Vietnam, calling on his colleagues to adopt a broad united front approach that would win over the widest possible spectrum of the population in Indochina to the Comintern's new antifascist line against Germany and Japan.

Curiously, however, almost nothing is known about Ho's brief stay in Yan'an, a time when he presumably met with Chinese leaders to discuss the future course of revolution in the two countries. By now, the CCP had come under the firm leadership of Mao Zedong, whose strategy of "people's war" would be applied with ultimate success against Japanese occupation forces, as well as against the government of Chiang Kai-shek after the close of the Pacific War. Mao's writings on revolutionary strategy are reminiscent in many respects ofHo Chi Minh's own ideas on the subject, and it has sometimes been declared that the ICP borrowed liberally from the Maoist model in waging their own revolution.

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