USA in Asia 1945-75
Access to History Series

By Vivienne Sanders
August 2010
Hodder Education
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9781444110098
241 pages, Illustrated
$29.50 Paper original

About the series
The Access to History series is the most popular and trusted series for advanced level history students, offering
- Authoritative, engaging and accessible content
- Comprehensive coverage of the AS and A level history specifications
- Design features, study guides and web support to help students achieve exam success.

Access to History: The USA in Asia 1945–75

This is a new edition which combines content from The USA and Vietnam 1945–75 and new content about the Korean War to give a comprehensive and engaging coverage of the history of the United States involvement in Asia 1945–75. The book examines major questions such as:

- What was the nature of the ideological struggle in south east Asia in the early 1950s?
- What were the causes, course and consequences of the Korean War?
- Why did the US become increasingly involved in Vietnam from 1954-68?
- What led to the US withdrawal from Vietnam during the Nixon Presidency?
- Why did the US fail to win the Vietnam War?

Throughout the book, key dates, terms and issues are highlighted, and historical interpretations of key debates are outlined. Summary diagrams are included to consolidate knowledge and understanding of the period, and exam-style questions and tips written by examiners provide the opportunity to develop exam skills.

  • Relevant content specific to the A Level history specifications.
  • In-depth coverage of the period presented in an accessible way.
  • Exam-style questions and tips written by examiners offer support with assessment.
  • Summary diagrams throughout aid with revision of the key topics and themes.

Table of Contents:
Introduction The Cold War Context
1 Overview: Two US Wars in Asia
2 The Cold War to 1949
3 The Cold War comes to Asia (1949)
4 Overview of the Korean War (1950-3)
5 Overview of the Vietnam War (1946-75)
Chapter 1 Causes of the Korean War
1 Korea Before 1945
2 Korea 1945-9
3 The US Position on Korea in Early 1950
4 The Korean Civil War
5 The Soviets, the Chinese and the Outbreak of the Korean War
6 The US Entry into the Korean War
7 Key Debates on the Korean War
Chapter 2 The Course of Events in the Korean War in 1950
1 The internationalisation of the War
2 The Military Situation, June-September 1950
3 Inchon and New American War Aims
4 Key Debate: Why China Intervened in the Korean War
5 The Fighting in Korea, October-December 1950
6 Key Debate: How well did General MacArthur do in Korea?
Study Guide
Chapter 3 Ending the Korean War, 1951-3
1 Winter 1950-1: A Change of Leadership
2 MacArthur's Dismissal
3 Chinese Aims in 1951
4 The Signing of the Armistice in 1953
on American Society and Politics
on US Foreign Policy
Chapter 4 Vietnam and Foreigners Before 1953
1 Ho Chi Minh and Vietnamese Nationalism
2 The United States and Vietnam, 1941-5
3 The Reasons for the Early American Involvement in Vietnam
4 'These Situations...Have a Way of Snowballing'
5 Key Debates on the Rruman Years
Chapter 5 Eisenhower and Two Vietnams
1 Ho, Giap and the French Failure in Indochina
2 Dienbienphu: The Debate over American Intervention
3 The Geneva Conference on Indochina, 1954
4 Two Vietnams and Two Leaders
5 Assessment of Eisenhoer's Policy
6 Key Debates
Study Guide
Chapter 7 'Johnson's War?'
1 Why Johnson Continues US Involvement in the War
2 How Johnson was Able to Escalate the War
3 Why did Johnson Escalate the American Involvement in Vietnam?
4 'Where Are We Going?'
5 Was it 'Johnson's War'?
6 Key Debates
Study Guide
Chapter 8 Why the USA Failed: I - The People in Vietnam
1 The Vietnamese
2 The Americans in Vietnam
3 Key Debates
Chapter 9 Why the USA Failed: II - US Politicians and People
1 Problems with Johnson's Aims and Methods
2 Why and How Johnson was Forced to Retreat
3 Johnson's Last Months
4 Conclusions about Johnson and the War
Study Guide
Chapter 10 1969-73: Nixon - Diplomatic Genius or Mad Bomber?
1 Nixon's Changing Views on Vietnam
2 President Nixon, Kissinger and the Vietnam Problem
3 Vietnam 1969-71
4 1972 - Getting Re-elected
5 Assessment of Nixon's Vietnam Policy
6 Key Debate
Study Guide
Chapter 11 Conclusions: The USA in Asia 1950-73
1 Why the United States was Involved in Asia 1950-73
2 The Role of Congress, Public Opinion and the Press
3 The Achievements of the United States in Asia, 1950-73

About the Author(s):
Vivienne Saunders is an experienced A-Level teacher and author, specialising in American History.

A level history students

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