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Voices from the Vietnam War

Xiaobing Li

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ISBN 10: 0813125928 / ISBN 13: 9780813125923
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Title: Voices from the Vietnam War

Publisher: Univ Kentucky Press

Binding: Hardcover

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The Vietnam War's influence on politics, foreign policy, and subsequent military campaigns is the center of much debate and analysis. But the impact on veterans across the globe, as well as the war's effects on individual lives and communities, is a largely neglected issue. As a consequence of cultural and legal barriers, the oral histories of the Vietnam War currently available in English are predictably one-sided, providing limited insight into the inner workings of the Communist nations that participated in the war. Furthermore, many of these accounts focus on combat experiences rather than the backgrounds, belief systems, and social experiences of interviewees, resulting in an incomplete historiography of the war.

Chinese native Xiaobing Li corrects this oversight in Voices from the Vietnam War: Stories from American, Asian, and Russian Veterans. Li spent seven years gathering hundreds of personal accounts from survivors of the war, accounts that span continents, nationalities, and political affiliations. The twenty-two intimate stories in the book feature the experiences of American, Chinese, Russian, Korean, and North and South Vietnamese veterans, representing the views of both anti-Communist and Communist participants, including Chinese officers of the PLA, a Russian missile-training instructor, and a KGB spy. These narratives humanize and contextualize the war's events while shedding light on aspects of the war previously unknown to Western scholars. Providing fresh perspectives on a long-discussed topic, Voices from the Vietnam War offers a thorough and unique understanding of America's longest war.

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For more than thirty years, the jungles of Vietnam were ravaged by war, resulting in nearly 1.5 million military casualties and over 4 million civilian casualties. From the French Indochina War (1946--1954) to the Communist takeover in 1975, the land and people were the victims of constant battle and were irrevocably altered by the effects of devastating violence. Voices from the Vietnam War: Stories from American, Asian, and Russian Veterans brings together the accounts of soldiers, spies, and medical workers who experienced firsthand the years of conflict in Vietnam.

Few oral histories of the Vietnam War allow civilians or Communist supporters to tell their stories, and the resulting scholarship is often one-sided. Xiaobing Li, a native of China and a former soldier of the People's Liberation Army, spent seven years gathering hundreds of accounts from survivors of the war, filling gaps in the narrative, and providing new insights into the events of the war. Voices from the Vietnam War offers the personal accounts of twenty-two individuals, spanning three continents and representing multiple political beliefs and perspectives -- American, Chinese, Russian, North and South Korean, Vietnamese, and Viet Cong.

Many of the narratives bear the lingering spirit and influence of the ideology imposed on the veterans by their respective governments. Some of the veterans still follow official accounts, glorifying the Communist victory in Vietnam or praising Western political involvement in the war. Among the stories are several Communist accounts that humanize and contextualize the war's events while shedding light on aspects of the war previously unknown to Western scholars. An interview with a former KGB spy reveals that Russia's support of North Vietnam was far greater than Western historians previously have speculated. Another account, by a captain in the Chinese army, details the experience of the Chinese troops who fought alongside the North Vietnamese.

While much of the scholarship on the Vietnam War focuses on battles, political maneuvering, and combat strategies, Xiaobing Li presents a collection of stories from people who witnessed the war firsthand. Voices from the Vietnam War focuses on personal combat experiences, offering a deeper historiography of America's longest war.

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