A Vietnam War Reader: A Documentary History from American by Michael H. Hunt

By Michael H. Hunt

A necessary new source for college kids and academics of the Vietnam struggle, this concise choice of basic assets opens a precious window on a very complicated clash. The fabrics accumulated the following, from either the yankee and Vietnamese facets, remind readers that the clash touched the lives of many folks in quite a lot of social and political events and spanned a whole lot extra time than the last decade of direct U.S. wrestle. certainly, the U.S. warfare was once yet one part in a string of conflicts that assorted considerably in personality and geography. Michael Hunt brings jointly the perspectives of the conflict's disparate players--from Communist leaders, Vietnamese peasants, Saigon loyalists, and North Vietnamese infantrymen to U.S. policymakers, squaddies, and critics of the battle. via permitting the contributors to talk, this quantity encourages readers to formulate their very own traditionally grounded figuring out of a nonetheless debatable fight.

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The communal rice-stocks in the possession of the village elders . . were shared out, together with the supplies appropriated by the Japanese. In addition, all taxes were withheld.  .  .  . Suddenly we found ourselves enjoying independence and freedom. The mood of the country was unbelievable: people were burning with enthusiasm. I shall never forget those times.  .  . [O]ur army and cadres could not be dislodged; the peasants continued to hide them. A complete network of underground shelters and communication trenches was established, stretching for tens of miles, with exits in or on the outskirts of villages.

W]e failed to halt Hirohito, Mussolini and Hitler by not acting in unity and in time. That marked the beginning of many years of stark tragedy and desperate peril. May it not be that our nations have learned something from that lesson? S. cold warriors and Vietnam’s Communist leaders. The defining event was the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in the spring. A Viet Minh army, built up by former history teacher Vo Nguyen Giap with help from the newly installed Communist regime in China, won a decisive victory.

They function with the forces of Ho Chi Minh in key positions — ​in staff sections of the High Command, at the division level and in specialized units such as signal, engineer, artillery and transportation. In the present stage, the Communists in Indochina use nationalistic anti-French slogans to win local support. But if they achieved military or political success, it is certain that they would subject the People to a cruel Communist dictatorship taking its orders from Peiping and Moscow. The tragedy would not stop there.

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