By Lien-Hang T. Nguyen
Whereas so much historians of the Vietnam warfare concentrate on the origins of U.S. involvement and the Americanization of the clash, Lien-Hang T. Nguyen examines the foreign context within which North Vietnamese leaders pursued the warfare and American intervention ended. This riveting narrative takes the reader from the marshy swamps of the Mekong Delta to the bomb-saturated purple River Delta, from the corridors of energy in Hanoi and Saigon to the Nixon White condominium, and from the peace negotiations in Paris to high-level conferences in Beijing and Moscow, all to bare that peace by no means had an opportunity in Vietnam.
Hanoi's battle renders obvious the inner workings of America's such a lot elusive enemy through the chilly warfare and exhibits that the warfare fought in the course of the peace negotiations was once bloodier and masses extra broad ranging than it were formerly. utilizing never-before-seen archival fabrics from the Vietnam Ministry of overseas Affairs, in addition to fabrics from different records all over the world, Nguyen explores the politics of war-making and peace-making not just from the North Vietnamese point of view but in addition from that of South Vietnam, the Soviet Union, China, and the USA, proposing a uniquely overseas portrait.
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He began his revolutionary career at the age of fifteen by taking part in school boycotts and other anticolonial activities organized by the famous patriot Phan Chu Trinh. In 1928, he moved closer to the communist faction of the resistance when he joined the Revolutionary Youth League in Nam Dinh province, and like Le Duan, he rose quickly through the ranks of the Party the following year. For these two young men—and multitudes of other young nationalists—the excitement of anticolonial agitation of the 1920s gave way to the harsh realities of French colonial prisons in the 1930s.
Based on unprecedented access to Vietnamese archival collections and texts, this study rectifies the imbalance in our understanding of that oft-studied war. For more than a decade, I was able to carry out extensive research in the Vietnam National Archives as well as in the various libraries and academic centers located in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In 2003, I managed to become the first scholar—Vietnamese citizen or otherwise—to gain access to the Archives of the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA); I am still the only scholar who has received this honor.
Official histories of the war often reflect today’s political battles in Vietnam; nonetheless, they include important historical insights that are not available in Western studies. 39 Combined with the biographies and volumes of reminiscences and tributes to fallen leaders, these sources are helpful in piecing together the evolution of the lives, policies, and careers of Hanoi’s ruling class. In short, they provide both a way to evaluate the contemporaneous primary sources and a three-dimensional rendering of the historical actors involved in high-level decision making in Hanoi.
Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam by Lien-Hang T. Nguyen