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dc.contributor.authorLiefer, Richard P.
dc.date.accessioned2008-09-23T15:05:40Z
dc.date.available2008-09-23T15:05:40Z
dc.date.issued1978-05
dc.identifier.other1978 .L623
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2092/785
dc.description81 leaves. Advisor: C. Walter Clarken
dc.description.abstractThe 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.isoen_US
dc.publisherDrake Universityen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDrake University, School of Graduate Studies;1978
dc.subjectVietnam War, 1961-1975--United States--Evaluationen
dc.subjectUnited States--Foreign Relations--1945-1989--Evaluationen
dc.subjectVietnam--Politics and Government--1945-1975en
dc.titleUnited States Intervention in Vietnam: A Critical Evaluation of Policy and Decisionmakingen
dc.typeThesisen


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