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Historical dictionary of the Vietnam War
Moïse, Edwin E., 1946-
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
l, 493 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
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DS557.7 .M63 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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The Vietnam War, also known as the second Indochina War, began in 1959 and 1960, and ended with the Communist victories of 1975. An excellent resource that deals with both the military and the political aspects of this controversial war, and with the events--especially those from 1954 onward--that led up to it. Its main focus is on Vietnam and the United States, but Laos, Cambodia, and other countries are also covered. The author highlights the essential elements, presenting significant military and political persons, battles and confrontations, weapons, places and events. The chronology traces the long course of the war and the introduction discusses the issues that have been and still are in dispute among historians. Also contains a bibliography, an index of names, and an index of operations.

Author Notes

Edwin E. Moise is Professor of History, Clemson University.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Moise wrote all 622 entries in this first-rate work, which contains a list of acronyms, maps, photos, a chronology of the war, a comprehensive introduction, entries ranging in length from a few words to several pages, a topical bibliography based on Moise's online bibliography , and name and military operations indexes. The conflict is covered in both its military and political aspects. It discusses persons, military units, battles, weapons, places, events, institutions, policies, and tactics and strategy. Although it focuses on the US and Indochina, coverage extends to other countries both major and minor (e.g., China, Canada). Moise (history, Clemson) is a scholar of Chinese and Vietnamese history who has published books on land reform in those countries and on the Tonkin Gulf incident. Webster's New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War, ed. by Marc Leepson (1999), contains more entries (1,500), but Moise provides more detailed and scholarly treatment; each contains entries not found in the other. Moise's well-organized dictionary belongs in the reference collections of all libraries. It is especially valuable for its comprehensive and up-to-date bibliography, which includes titles as recent as 2001. P. Brush Vanderbilt University

Table of Contents

Jon Woronoff
Editor's Forewordp. vii
Notes for the Readerp. ix
Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xiii
Maps and Photographsp. xix
Chronologyp. xxv
Introductionp. 1
Overview of the Warp. 1
Debates over the Origin of the Warp. 4
The Nature of the War: Politicalp. 5
The Nature of the War: Militaryp. 7
The Air Warp. 8
War between Unequal Powersp. 10
The Poor and the Uneducated?p. 13
The Role of the Mediap. 15
Aftermathp. 17
The Dictionaryp. 19
Bibliographyp. 437
Name Indexp. 481
Operations Indexp. 489
About the Authorp. 493