The Vietnam War


  • John Simkin, The Vietnam War
  • Steve Waugh & John Wright, The USA, 1954-75: Conflict at Home and Abroad (Hodder Education)
  • Vivienne Saunders, The USA and Vietnam, 1945-75 (Hodder Education)
  • Mitchell K. Hall, The Vietnam War (Pearson Longman, Seminar Studies in History)
  • B. Walsh, GCSE Modern World History, section 4, case study 3: pp. 353-365.

As always, make use of the resources available – for example, see:

Key topics

Why the USA went into Vietnam

  1. Ho Chi Minh and the Struggle Against France for Independence, 1945-1954
  2. The Geneva Conference and Eisenhower’s response, 1954-1960
  3. John F. Kennedy and US Policy in Vietnam, 1961-3
  4. Lyndon B. Johnson & Escalation

Why the USA failed in Vietnam

  1. North Vietnamese (PAVN) and Vietcong (NLF) Strategy and Tactics
  2. US & ARVN Tactics in Vietnam, 1964-8
  3. The Tet Offensive, 1968
  4. The Anti-War Movement and the effects of the War on the USA

How the USA got out of Vietnam and what it left behind

  1. Richard Nixon, Vietnamization and The Search for Peace
  2. The Effects of War on Vietnam

Revision resources

And, for your delectation and delight, or at least interest, a compilation of music related to the war

Ideas for Further Study

A quick overview

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