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dc.contributor.authorShore, Zachary
dc.dateFall 2015
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-12T18:24:15Z
dc.date.available2016-02-12T18:24:15Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationZachary Shore, "Provoking America: Le Duan and the origins of the Vietnam War," Journal of Cold War Studies, v. 17, no. 4, Fall 2015, pp. 86-108en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/47785
dc.descriptionThe article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/JCWS_a_00598en_US
dc.description.abstractSome decisions make no sense at first glance. Why did Adolf Hitler send troops into the Rhineland in 1936, when German forces were so much weaker than the French? Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor if the United States was so much stronger in military and economic might? Although scholars have puzzled over many such perplexing strategic gambits, few investigators have considered an equally peculiar decision in the Vietnam War. Why did Hanoi condone attacks against U.S. forces after the Tonkin Gulf incident? Hanoi’s policy had been to avoid a U.S. escalation. The last thing Hanoi should have wanted was to provoke a full-scale invasion by the United States, especially at such a precarious time. Nevertheless, Communist forces in South Vietnam continued to strike U.S. bases after Tonkin, when the risk of escalation was at its peak. Could Hanoi have actually believed these attacks would deter the United States? Was Hanoi not able to control southern Communists at so pivotal a moment? Or did party leaders egregiously misread their primary foe?en_US
dc.format.extent23 p.en_US
dc.publisherMIT Pressen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleProvoking America: Le Duan and the origins of the Vietnam Waren_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairsen_US


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