The Vietnam War was the central political issue of the 1960s and 1970s. This study by Seth Offenbach explains how the conflict shaped modern conservatism. The war caused disputes between the pro-war anti-communists right and libertarian conservatives who opposed the war. At the same time, Christian evangelicals supported the war and began forming alliances with the mainstream, pro-war right. This enabled the formation of the New Right movement which came to dominate U.S. politics at the end of the twentieth century. The Conservative Movement and the Vietnam War explains the right’s changes between Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Other Side of Vietnam Section I: Conservatives and the Vietnam War 1. The Long 1964 2. United by Strategy Section II: Problems 3. Dissent of the Libertarians 4. Negative Conservatism 5. The Problem of Richard Nixon Section III: Redemption 6. Christianity and Conservatism. Conclusion: From Goldwater to Reagan
Seth Offenbach is Assistant Professor of History at Bronx Community College in the City University of New York system.
"Ultimately, Offenbach should be praised for detailing the effects that the Vietnam War had on the conservative movement. This is an important book for our present moment." - Marcus M. Witcher (University of Central Arkansas), H-net.