Christopher Goscha on The Road to Dien Bien Phu: A History of the First War for Vietnam

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 3 October 2022 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Chris Goscha about his book The Road to Dien Bien Phu: A History of the First War for Vietnam. Discusses how the Vietnamese communists were able to defeat the French forces at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. Considers the relative importance of nationalism and communism in Vietnam’s struggle against foreign powers. Argues for the importance of “war communism” to the Vietnamese victory over the French.

Mark Perry on MacArthur’s Last Stand Against A Winless War

Trend Following with Michael Covel | 27 March 2020 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Mark Perry about his article MacArthur’s Last Stand Against A Winless War. Discusses the origins of the Vietnam War, President’s Kennedy’s meeting with General Douglas MacArthur, and whether, if Kennedy had lived, he would have heeded MacArthur’s advice to “never fight a land war in Asia”.