By R B Smith
Such a lot earlier books at the Vietnam struggle have obvious it essentially as an American army involvement within the affairs of a small Asian state midway internationally. the current learn, deliberate to run to 4 volumes, seeks to reconsider the importance of the clash via Vietnam as one aspect in an international strength online game. it's also the 1st critical try to examine the decision-making of each side concurrently, touching on usa coverage to the tactic and strategies of the Communist aspect - and to the advanced kin that existed among Hanoi, Moscow and Peking. 'It has constantly been not easy to not be emotional concerning the topic, in a single path or one other. Mr Smith has to be praised for having produced a booklet which doesn't indulge the emotion he absolutely feels. His foreign background of the Vietnam battle is calm, concise, very good and beneficial' - William Shawcross, THES
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Extra resources for An International History of the Vietnam War: Volume I Revolution versus Containment, 1955–61
President Eisenhower to Ngo Dinh Diem, 23 October 1954 The main point I made was that we had to accept the fact that Vietnam is now a free nation- at least the southern half of it is -and it has not got a puppet government. One can only hold free Vietnam with a government that is nationalistic and has a purpose of its own, and is responsive to the will of its own people .... And we have got to coordinate our policies to the acceptance of the fact that it is really a free and independent country.
The Mossadeq regime had nationalised the Anglo-Iranian Oil company, whose concessions the intervention was designed to restore; the Arbenz regime had threatened the privileges of the United Fruit Company as well as seeking Soviet arms. The danger of'international Communism' was invoked on both occasions, but the immediate threat was to Western enterprises. In South Vietnam, however, probably for the first time, the Americans used their capability for clandestine operations to establish a pro-American regime in a country where their own business community had no immediate stake, for reasons which had to do entirely with global strategy.
4 The most important centre by 1954 was that at Tay-Ninh, presided over by Pham Cong Tac who had become associated with the japanese in the 1930s and had been exiled by the French to Madagascar in 1941. On his return in 1946 he and the Caodaist commander Tran Quang Vinh had been drawn into an alliance with the French Expeditionary Force, which over the next seven or eight years allowed them to expand their paramilitary army from twelve to over 50 'mobile brigades': more than 16,ooo fighting men and 18,ooo reserves.