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"The History of the Vietnam of inestimable value for primary source research for graduate contemporary history, political science, and programs of international study. It also holds much potential for graduate and undergraduate level studies in cultural anthropology...[and] European colonial history."
--Microform Review

Not since the Civil War has a conflict so divided the American public. The Vietnam War is the most political, controversial war ever recorded in American military history. Even today, years after the withdrawal of U.S. troops, researchers strive to separate fact from fiction.

The History of the Vietnam War provides a comprehensive and systematically organized collection of material on this series of events. All aspects of the war are covered in this collection-- from the Viet Cong and the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Southeast Asia to the campuses and political forums in the U.S. Conflicting perceptions about the nature, course, and purpose of the war are represented.

The collection spans 21 years and includes 365,000 pages of materials. Contents include: unclassified and declassified U.S. Government documents and reports; captured documents; transcripts of interviews with defectors; prisoner of war interrogation reports; newspaper and periodical clippings from American, Vietnamese, Asian, and European English-language publications; media monitoring documents from the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) and the Department of Commerce Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS); scholarly monographs and studies; transcripts of speeches and press conferences by leaders on both sides; uncopyrighted books; monographs and similar published source materials; propaganda leaflets and similar materials published by both sides; and a number of unpublished book-length manuscripts chiefly by Vietnamese writers.

All materials have been collected by Douglas Pike, Director of the Indochina Archives at the University of California, Berkeley and a well-known authority on the Vietnam conflict. As a U.S. Foreign Service Officer during the war, he was considered the U.S. Government's leading expert on Vietnamese communism. He has collected materials from not only the United States, but Saigon, Hanoi, Peking, Moscow, Tokyo, Australia, and Western Europe. Many documents were gathered from personal contacts during and after Mr. Pike's presence in Vietnam.

Organized into the broad subject categories listed below and then arranged chronologically, the collection can be used as a resource for researchers and students and as a unique teaching tool in American and Southeast Asian history, political science, international relations, military history, journalism, and many other fields of study.


Outline of the Collection:

  • Unit One: Grand Strategy and General Assessment of the War contains contemporary assessments by leadership in Saigon, Hanoi, Washington and other Allied capitals, Peking, Moscow, and Tokyo.
  • Unit Two: General History of the Vietnam War chronicles day-to-day military activity during the war.
  • Unit Three: Topical History of the Vietnam War
    Section 1--Allied War Participants
    Section 2--Anti-War Activity
    Section 3--Insurgency Warfare
    Section 4--Legal and Legislative
    Section 5--Literature of the War
    Section 6--POW/MIA
    Section 7--Press
    Section 8--Public Opinion
    Section 9--Refugees & Civilian Casualties
    Section 10--Statistical Data
    Section 11--Technology
    Section 12--U.S. Economy & the War
    Section 13--Veterans
    Section 14--War Atrocities
    Section 15--War Participant Interviews
  • Unit Four: Political Settlement Efforts includes Legal Considerations, The Ceasefire Period, Post-War, and other sections.
  • Unit Five: The National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) includes material on the organization, internal administration, motivational programs, communication matrix, operational programs, and the post-war fate of the NLF.
  • Unit Six: Vietnam During the Vietnam War is divided into two sections. The first includes materials on Vietnam from prehistory through the Geneva Conference. The second consists of materials related to Vietnam during the Vietnam War, including historical, economic, cultural, and educational documents; a chronology; and general materials.
  • Unit Seven: North Vietnam During the War includes press releases and other captured documents that describe life in North Vietnam, including politics, foreign relations, the military, law and order, social movements, media, and health, education, and welfare.
  • Unit Eight: North Vietnam During the War: Agriculture/Cambodia consists primarily of press releases and other captured internal documents concerned with agricultural progress in North Vietnam. A smaller section deals with Cambodia from the 1960s to the end of the 1970s.

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