United States Intervention in Vietnam: A Critical Evaluation of Policy and Decisionmaking

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dc.contributor.author Liefer, Richard P.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-23T15:05:40Z
dc.date.available 2008-09-23T15:05:40Z
dc.date.issued 1978-05
dc.identifier.other 1978 .L623
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2092/785
dc.description 81 leaves. Advisor: C. Walter Clark en
dc.description.abstract The United States intervened in South Vietnam in an attempt to prevent formation of a communist state there. The intervention was a failure; the country came under communist control. This thesis describes and analyzes the goals and policies of American intervention during the period 1950 through mid-1968. "United States-Vietnam Relations: 1945-1967", the Pentagon Papers, served as the primary source for defining the goals and policies. The writings of Bernard Fall were used to evaluate them. An operational definition of intervention proposed by James N. Rosenau was a framework for discussion. Rosenau defined intervention as an action that breaks sharply with the past and is directed at a nation's authority structure. The intervention was predicated on an assumption that monolithic communism threatened to spread over all of Indochina. The fear of communism was exaggerated. A more significant factor was the potency of Vietnamese nationalism, but this was not appreciated by American policymakers. They followed outmoded concepts of containment and relied too much on conventional military tactics that were incompatible with the political nature of the internal war in Vietnam. en
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Drake University en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Drake University, School of Graduate Studies;1978
dc.subject Vietnam War, 1961-1975--United States--Evaluation en
dc.subject United States--Foreign Relations--1945-1989--Evaluation en
dc.subject Vietnam--Politics and Government--1945-1975 en
dc.title United States Intervention in Vietnam: A Critical Evaluation of Policy and Decisionmaking en
dc.type Thesis en


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