The Search for Peace in Vietnam, 1964-1968

The Search for Peace in Vietnam, 1964-1968

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The Vietnam War was remarkable for the number of unsuccessful initiatives to end it through negotiation and the active involvement of noncombatant nations seeking peace. The analyses and conclusions gathered in this volume focus on the domestic and international sources of such efforts, as well as the relationship of these attempts to the Cold War. On the domestic front, contributors look at peace initiatives from the Johnson Administration and consider the place of larger American diplomatic philosophies in shaping the U.S. options. On the international front, scholars examine the role of Canada, France, Japan, India, China, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union in proposing, furthering, or blocking negotiations. F inally, they consider the positions of the Vietnamese themselves. Although unsuccessful in ending the conflict, these efforts were important in shaping both U.S. politics and the international relations that prevailed in later years. The Search for Peace in Vietnam, 1964-1968 offers new perspectives on a conflict that, arguably, continues to shape the American presence in the world.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 160 x 241.3 x 33mm | 793.8g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • index
  • 1585443425
  • 9781585443420
  • 2,408,473

About Lloyd C. Gardner

Lloyd C. Gardner, the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University, lives in Newton, Pennsylvania. Ted Gittinger is director of special projects at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and a Vietnam veteran. He and Gardner previously edited International Perspectives on Vietnam.show more

Review quote

"This is overall a splendid collection of essays, most of which bring fresh perspectives and new details, buttressed by recently available documents, to the engaging question of why the several efforts to end the war in Vietnam through diplomacy failed . . . While not changing conventional explanations, the essays contribute significantly to understanding the objectives and techniques of the individuals and governments that attempted, in one way or another, to either head-off war in Vietnam or to end it after Johnson Americanized the conflict in 1965 . . . In sum, the book underlines the international dimensions of the war . . . There can be no doubt of the value of this book. It is a significant addition to the literature on the Vietnam War. It brings together recognized scholars, engaged in original research on a topic that now can be explored and understood much more fully than just a few years ago. It will be of interest and value principally to the scholarly community, although it will have appealed to a wider audience given the general interest on the Vietnam War."-Gary Hess, Professor, Bowling Green State University--Gary Hess, Professor, Bowling Green State Universityshow more