Access to History: The USA and Vietnam 1945-75 3rd Edition

Access to History: The USA and Vietnam 1945-75 3rd Edition

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For over twenty years Access to History has been providing students with reliable, engaging and accessible content on a wide range of topics. Each title in the series provides comprehensive coverage of different history topics on current AS and A2 level history specifications, alongside exam-style practice questions and tips to help students achieve their best.

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- Ensures students gain a good understanding of the AS and A2 level history topics through an engaging, in-depth and up-to-date narrative, presented in an accessible way.

- Aids revision of the key A level history topics and themes through frequent summary diagrams

- Gives support with assessment, both through the books providing exam-style questions and tips for AQA, Edexcel and OCR A level history specifications and through FREE model answers with supporting commentary at Access to History online (

The USA and Vietnam 1945-75
This title provides a thorough and lucid account of America's involvement in Vietnam during the period 1945-75. It starts with an introduction to the events that led to France's withdrawal from Vietnam and US support of Diem's government and goes on to examine how the conflict escalated and the USA became fully involved. The book also looks at the pressure for peace on the US home front and how this had an impact on the eventual withdrawal and fallout from the war. The role of key figures in the conflict, both American presidents and Vietnamese leaders, is analysed throughout.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 213.36 x 274.32 x 35.56mm | 1,406.13g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • black and white photos and diagrams
  • 0340929308
  • 9780340929308
  • 159,922

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: The United States and Vietnam 1. Introduction 2. Overview of the War 3. Overview of the Debates on the Vietnam War Chapter 2 Vietnam and Foreigners before 1953 1. Ho Chi Minh and Vietnamese Nationalism 2. The United States and Vietnam, 1941-5 3. The Reasons for the Early American Involvement in Vietnam 4. 'These Situations ... Have a Way of Snowballing' 5. Key Debates on the Truman Years Chapter 3 Eisenhower and Two Vietnams 1. Ho, Giap and the French Failure in Indochina 2. Dienbienphu - the Debate over American Intervention 3. The Geneva Conference on Indochina, 1954 4. Two Vietnams and Two Leaders 5. Assessment of Eisenhower's Policy 6. Key Debates Chapter 4 'Vietnam is the Place' - the Kennedy Crusade (1961-3) 1. Introduction: Kennedy's War? 2. Kennedy's Early Ideas about Vietnam 3. The President and his Advisers 4. Kennedy's Actions in the Third World 5. Kennedy and Diem 6. Conclusions 7. Key Debates Study Guide Chapter 5 'Johnson's War'? 1. Why Johnson Continued US involvement in the War 2. How Johnson Was Able to Escalate the War 3. Why Did Johnson Escalate the American Involvement in Vietnam? 4. 'Where Are We Going?' 5. Historians and 'Johnson's War'? Study guide Chapter 6 Why the USA Failed: I - The People in Vietnam 1. The Vietnamese 2. The Americans 3. Key Debates Chapter 7 Why the USA Failed: II - US Politicians and People 1. Problems with Johnson's Aims and Methods 2. Why and How Johnson was Forced to Retreat 3. Johnson's Last Months 4. Conclusions about Johnson and the War Study Guide Chapter 8 1969-73: Richard Nixon - Diplomatic Genius or Mad Bomber? 1. The Transformation of a Cold Warrior? 2. President Nixon 3. 1969-71 4. 1972 - Getting Re-elected 5. Assessment of Nixon's Vietnam Policy 6. Key Debates Study Guide Chapter 9 Conclusions 1. Summarising the Debates 2. The Effects of the War 3. The Lessons of the Vietnam War Glossary Index
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'This book is well written, informative and very useful for anyone doing A-level history. It's relatively interesting in contrast to most textbooks and is highly accessible. Sets a standard for all history textbooks.' * Amazon reviewer *
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About Vivienne Sanders

Vivienne Sanders has written extensively and successfully on American history in the Access to History series. She taught A Level History for over 30 years, mostly in independent schools, and is now retired.
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