A Bitter Peace: Washington, Hanoi, and the Making of the by Pierre Asselin

By Pierre Asselin

Demonstrating the centrality of international relations within the Vietnam battle, Pierre Asselin lines the key negotiations that led as much as the Paris contract of 1973, which ended America's involvement yet didn't deliver peace in Vietnam. as the aspects signed the contract less than duress, he argues, the peace it promised used to be doomed to resolve.

By January of 1973, the ongoing army stalemate and mounting problems at the family entrance compelled either Washington and Hanoi to finish that signing a imprecise and principally unworkable peace contract was once the main expedient approach to in achieving their such a lot urgent goals. For Washington, these ambitions integrated the discharge of yankee prisoners, army withdrawal with no formal capitulation, and maintenance of yankee credibility within the chilly warfare. Hanoi, nevertheless, sought to safe the elimination of yankee forces, safeguard the socialist revolution within the North, and enhance the clients for reunification with the South. utilizing newly to be had archival assets from Vietnam, the U.S., and Canada, Asselin reconstructs the key negotiations, highlighting the inventive roles of Hanoi, the nationwide Liberation entrance, and Saigon in developing the ultimate settlement.

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