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Vient de paraître The British and the Vietnam War : Their Way with LBJ de Nicholas Traling aux National University of Singapore Press press

Le 30 juillet 2018 à 17h31

Vient de paraître The British and the Vietnam War : Their Way with LBJ de Nicholas Traling aux National University of Singapore Press (distribuées par les University of Chicago Press), 2017, 462 p. ISBN : 978-981-4722-23-0 Prix : 42 $.

"During the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, the British government sought to avoid escalation of the war in Vietnam and to help bring about peace. The thinking that lay behind these endeavours was often insightful and it is hard to argue that the attempt was not worth making, but the British government was able to exert little, if any, influence on a power with which it believed it had, and needed, a special relationship. Drawing on little-used papers in the British archives, Nicholas Tarling describes the making of Britain’s Vietnam policy during a period when any compromise proposed by London was likely to be seen in Washington as suggestive of defeat, and attempts to involve Moscow in the process over-estimated the USSR’s influence on a Hanoi determined on reunification."

Nicholas Tarling (1931–2017) was Professor of History at the University of Auckland (1968–97) and a Fellow of its New Zealand Asia Institute. He was the editor of The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia and wrote nearly 50 books and a large number of articles on the region. His recent publications include Britain, Southeast Asia and the Impact of the Korean War, a cold war trilogy (The British and the Vietnam War : Their Way with LBJ, Britain and the Neutralisation of Laos, Britain and Sihanouk’s Cambodia), and Orientalism and the Operatic World.