Allies at Odds examines America's Vietnam policy from 1961 to 1968 in an international context by focusing on the United States' relationship with its European partners France, West Germany, and Great Britain. The European response to America's Vietnam policy provides a framework to assess this important chapter in recent American history within the wider perspective of international relations. Equally significant, the respective approaches to the "Vietnam question" by the Europeans and Americans reveal the ongoing challenge for nation-states of transcending narrowly defined state-centered policies for a global perspective pursuant of common goals among the trans-Atlantic allies. Blang explores the failure of France, West Germany, and Great Britain to significantly influence American policy-making.
Eugenie M. Blang is assistant professor of history at Hampton University.
Introduction Chapter 1: The United States and the Vietnam Conundrum Chapter 2: France and Indochina Chapter 3: West Germany from the 1950s to 1963: Finding a Role in International Affairs Chapter 4: Britain and Indochina: We Have Experience in These Matters Chapter 5: Lyndon Johnson and Military Escalation in Vietnam, 1964-1968 Chapter 6: De Gaulle's Response to American Policy in Vietnam, 1961-1966 Chapter 7: Ludwig Erhard: Bonn, Washington, Paris, and the Problem of Vietnam, 1964-1966 Chapter 8: Harold Wilson and the Elusive Search for a Diplomatic Settlement Chapter 9: The Lessening of Tensions, 1968-1969 Conclusion Epilogue: The Allies and the Iraq War