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The Johnson administration and the recruitment of allies in Vietnam, 1964-68

Colman, J and Widen, J 2009, 'The Johnson administration and the recruitment of allies in Vietnam, 1964-68 ' , History, 94 (4) , pp. 483-504.

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Abstract

The Vietnam War has generated a vast literature but one which has often forgotten that the United States fought in Vietnam as part of a coalition. This article examines Washington’s efforts under President Lyndon B. Johnson to recruit third country combat assistance. He and his colleagues sought military help less for practical reasons than for political ones as a way of legitimizing the war both domestically and abroad. However, no NATO countries were willing to participate, and some of the five troop-contributing countries (Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand) were attracted probably more by American largesse than by idealism. In exploring the diplomacy of coalition-building, this article has a contemporary resonance in the light of the military campaigns initiated by the White House since 2003.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > E History America > E151 United States (General)
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: History
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0018-2648
Depositing User: Dr Jonathan Colman
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2010 13:32
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:04
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/3076

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