Ending the Vietnam War

Ending the Vietnam War : The Vietnamese Communists' Perspective

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Existing studies of the Vietnam War have been written mostly from an American perspective, using western sources, and viewing the conflict through western eyes. This book, based on extensive original research, including Vietnamese, Chinese and former Soviet sources, tells the story of the war from the Tet offensive in 1968 up to the reunification of Vietnam in April 1975. Overall, it provides an important corrective to the predominantly US-centric narratives of the war by placing the Vietnamese communists centre-stage in the story. It is a sequel to the author's RoutledgeCurzon book The Vietnam War From the Other Side, which covers the period 1962-68.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 21.59mm | 386g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0415326095
  • 9780415326094

Table of contents

Introduction1. The Start of NegotiationsDecision to negotiateThe Tet Offensive - Phase IIThe start of the talks in ParisThe Tet Offensive - Phase IIILe Duc Tho-Harriman private meetings: the first five sessionsHiccups and resumption of talksThe military situation in 1968 reviewedThe Four-Party Conference beginsThe military situation in early 1969Policy differences within the Hanoi leadershipNLF's ten-point plan and Nixon's eight-point planEstablishment of the Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam (PRGSVN)Stalemate in ParisHanoi and Sino-Soviet relationsHo Chi Minh's death and its aftermathMilitary developments in the SouthMilitary developments in LaosThe Negotiations in 1969 reviewed2. The Widening WarThe 18th plenary session of the Lao Dong PartyReorganising the VPALe Duc Tho-Kissinger first secret meeting (21 Feb 1970)Le Duc Tho-Kissinger second secret meeting (16 Mar 1070)Communist activities in CambodiaThe deposition of Sihanouk and its aftermathLe Duc Tho-Kissinger third secret meeting (4 April 1970)Indochinese Summit conference (24-25 Apr 1970)Tensions between the Vietnamese and Cambodian communistsMilitary developments in CambodiaLe Duan - 'first among equals'Xuan Thuy-Kissinger secret meeting (7 Sept 1970)Communist military preparationsXuan Thuy-Kissinger secret meeting (27 Sept 1970)3. Fighting and NegotiatingKissinger's approach rebuffed19th plenary session of the Lao Dong PartyCOSVN Directive No 01/CT71Communist Spring-Summer 1971 counter-offensives: Route 9 - southern Laos and CambodiaSino-Vietnamese communist relationsCommunist counter-offensive: Tay NguyenVietnamese-Cambodian communist relationsXuan Thuy-Kissinger meeting (31 May 1971)Le Duc Tho-Kissinger meeting (26 June 1971)Hanoi's analysis of the situation in mid-1971Kissinger's secret visit to BeijingVietnamese communist relations with Beijing and MoscowLe Duc Tho-Kissinger meeting (12 July 1971)Kissinger's new eight-point planVietnamese communist relations with MoscowKissinger's second visit to BeijingKissinger's new offerHanoi's analysis of the situation at the end of 19714. Negotiations at a StandstillSecret meetings made publicNixon's visit to ChinaCommunist military preparations20th plenary session of the Lao Dong PartyThe 1972 Easter OffensiveUS air bombingVietnam-Soviet relationsLe Duc Tho-Kissinger meeting (2 May 1972)US-Soviet Summit meetingA change of strategy5. The Peace AgreementLe Duc Tho-Kissinger meeting (19 July 1972)Hanoi's new negotiation strategyLe Duc Tho-Kissinger meetings (1 and 14 Aug 1972)Vietnamese communist relations with Beijing and MoscowLe Duc Tho-Kissinger meeting (15 Sept 1972)The 26-27 Sept 1972 intensive negotiationsCommunist plan for 'General Uprising' (4 Oct 1972)8-12 Oct 1972 NegotiationsXuan Thuy-Kissinger meeting (17 Oct 1972)The Peace Agreement abortedAnother cycle of negotiationsLinebacker II and counter offensivesAnother attempt at negotiationThe Final AgreementLaying the groundwork for the Agreement6. An Incomplete VictoryCommunist strategy for the SouthCOSVN meeting (16-17 Mar 1973)COSVN Directive 3/CT/73The journey to HanoiMeeting with Le DuanDiscussions with Central Military CommitteeDevelopments in South Vietnam reviewedThe Politburo meeting of 1 June 1973Developments in North VietnamDevelopments in LaosDevelopments in CambodiaVietnamese communist relations with China and the USSRHanoi, Bejing and the on-going conflict in CambodiaCOSVN Conference (Sept 1973)Military preparationsResolution 21 (15 Oct 1973) and COSVN Resolution 12Developments in the US7. Ending the WarThe situation in the SouthMilit
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About Cheng Guan Ang

Ang Cheng Guan is currently Head of Studies and Associate Professor at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests include the international history of the Vietnam War and post-World War II Southeast Asia.
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