Looking Back at the Vietnam War Research Paper by Nicky

Looking Back at the Vietnam War
A historical examination of the Vietnam war and its many lasting consequences.
# 145027 | 4,236 words | 12 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper focuses on the Vietnam war, and its many good and bad consequences. In discussing the war's background, the paper touches on the international relations among Vietnam, the U.S., China, Russia, and other countries, and how events converged to bring about the war. The paper explores the supporting and opposing stances toward the war, and how U.S. opinion evolved over the course of years. The paper asserts that skepticism, suspicion and distrust toward authority changed the perceptions of many Americans and foreign citizens in the wake of the war, and the military was largely discredited for years. The paper concludes that, while there were positive outcomes of the war and valuable lessons learned, the war is widely perceived as a mistake and a negative occurrence in U.S. history.

The Vietnam War--the Background Story
Support and Opposition
Good and Bad Consequences of the War
Works Cited

From the Paper:

"U.S. citizens, along with citizens from around the world, began protesting against the war in the 1960's. By the early 1970's, these protests had become so dominant in the U.S. that they alarmed the government. The government attempted to introduce legislation that would make such protests illegal. However, these attempts were so strongly opposed that the government gave up on them.
"The media was one of the biggest drivers of opposition to the war (Peake, 1986). While many Americans supported the war at first, the media shifted public opinion regarding the war quickly by showing shocking images of violence on television screens, printing long casualty lists, and exposing occasions in which the government had been untruthful to the public."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • About.com. (2007). American History--The Vietnam War. Retrieved from the Internet at: http://americanhistory.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=americanhistory&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.vietnampix.com%2Fintro2.htm.
  • Bowman, John. (1985).The World Almanac of The Vietnam War. New York: Bison.
  • Clifton, Merritt. (1984). Those Who Where There. Paradise, CA: Dust Books.
  • Daum, Andreas. Gardner, Lloyd. Mausbach, Wolfried. (2003). America, the Vietnam War, and the World: Comparative and International Perspectives. Publications of the German Historical Institute. New York, Cambridge University Press.
  • Global Security. (2008). Vietnam War. Retrieved from the Internet at: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/vietnam.htm.

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