‘Embers of War’: Historian Fredrik Logevall traces long roots of Vietnam War
May 2, 2013
GUEST: FREDRIK LOGEVALL
[REBROADCAST] Why did Vietnam became the setting for one of the longest and bloodiest struggles of the entire post-1945 era, and why did two Western powers, first France and then the United States, lose their way there? In his new book, “Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam,” FREDRIK LOGEVALL, tackles these questions with the benefit of new access to declassified historical documents and rigorous research. Logevall explores the importance of World War II in laying the groundwork for the French Indo-china War that followed, and the major role played from an early point by the United States. Logevall is John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and professor of history at Cornell University, where he serves as director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.
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