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Updated to include recent events and new insights, SarDesai argues that the quest for national identity is a recurring theme throughout two millennia of Vietnamese history, and this nationalism fuels Vietnamese struggles against France, the United States, and China Recent US military interventions in Kosovo and Iraq have stirred public memoires of the long and costly Vietnam conflict. Scholars and strategists, military leaders and media continue to raise questions such as what motivated the Vietnamese to wage a protracted conflict first against the French and later against the Americans at such great economic and emotional cost. In this fourth edition, SarDesai provides new insights on the decision-making process in Hanoi and Washington DC during the Vietnam conflict. He analyzes the extensive historiographical dialogue in the 1990s involving scholars, strategists and policy-makers of the two countries. He addresses the postwar era of Vietnma's reconstruction, administrative re-organization, the UN sponsored Cambodian settlement as well as Vietman's membership and growing role in the ASEAN. SarDesai also looks at the new economic and strategic relationship between Vietnam and its former foe marked by President Clinton's visit to Hanoi and the increasing US investment and trade in Vietnam in the aftermath of the Bilateral Trade Treaty of July 2000.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813343082
ISBN-10: 0813343089
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publish Date: 4-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - D. R. Sar Desai

D.R. SarDesai was Chairperson of South and Southeast Asian Studies and the first holder of the Doshi Chair in Indian History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Southeast Asia: Past and Present (Westview Press, 2003).