1st Edition

America and the Vietnam War Re-examining the Culture and History of a Generation

Edited By Andrew Wiest, Mary Kathryn Barbier, Glenn Robins Copyright 2010
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    334 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Vietnam War was one of the most heavily documented conflicts of the twentieth century. Although the events themselves recede further into history every year, the political and cultural changes the war brought about continue to resonate, even as a new generation of Americans grapples with its own divisive conflict.

    America and the Vietnam War: Re-examining the Culture and History of a Generation reconsiders the social and cultural aspects of the conflict that helped to fundamentally change the nation. With chapters written by subject area specialists, America and the Vietnam War takes on subjects such as women’s role in the war, the music and the films of the time, the Vietnamese perspective, race and the war, and veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder. Features include:

    • chapter summaries
    • timelines
    • discussion questions
    • guides to further reading
    • a companion website with primary source documents and tools (such as music and movie playlists) for both instructors and students.

    Heavily illustrated and welcoming to students and scholars of this infamous and pivotal time, America and the Vietnam War is a perfect companion to any course on the Vietnam War Era.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction: Vietnam in History and Memory, Kathy Barbier 

    1. Vietnam Divided: Regional History and the Vietnam Wars 1598-1975, Martin Loicano

    2. Historians and the Origins of the Vietnam War, Matthew Masur

    3. The "Other" Vietnam War, Andrew Wiest

    4. The Women’s Army Corps Goes to Vietnam, Heather Stur

    5. Race and the Vietnam War, Curtis Austin

    6. The Antiwar Movement, Amy Scott

    7. Vietnam and the Conscientious Objector Experience, Philip Szmedra

    8. The American POW Experience, Glenn Robins

    9. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Healing From the War, Ray Scurfield

    10. The Vietnam War and Literature, Maureen Ryan

    11. Vietnam and Film, Thomas Doherty

    12. The Soundtrack of Vietnam, Kim Herzinger

    13. The Legacy of the Vietnam War for the U.S. Army, Jim Willbanks

    14. Iraq as "The Good War" as Opposed to Vietnam, The Bad War, Lloyd Gardner




    Andrew A. Wiest is Professor of History and Director of International Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. He is the author of Vietnam’s Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN.

    Mary Kathryn Barbier is Assistant Profesor of History at Mississippi State University. She is the author of D-Day Deception: Operation Fortitude and the Normandy Invasion.

    Glenn Robins is Associate Professor of History at Georgia Southwestern University. He is the author of The Bishop of the Old South: The Ministry and Civil War Legacy of Leonidas Polk.