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The Resource Forever Vietnam : how a divisive war changed American public memory, David Kieran

Forever Vietnam : how a divisive war changed American public memory, David Kieran

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Forever Vietnam : how a divisive war changed American public memory
Title
Forever Vietnam
Title remainder
how a divisive war changed American public memory
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David Kieran
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Language
eng
Summary
Four decades after its end, the American war in Vietnam still haunts the nation's collective memory. Its lessons, real and imagined, continue to shape government policies and military strategies, while the divisions it spawned infect domestic politics and fuel the so-called culture wars. In Forever Vietnam, David Kieran shows how the contested memory of the Vietnam War has affected the commemoration of other events, and how those acts of remembrance have influenced postwar debates over the conduct and consequences of American foreign policy. Kieran focuses his analysis on the recent remembrance of six events, three of which occurred before the Vietnam War and three after it ended. The first group includes the siege of the Alamo in 1836, the incarceration of Union troops at Andersonville during the Civil War, and the experience of American combat troops during World War II. The second comprises the 1993 U.S. intervention in Somalia, the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In each case a range of actors<U+0127> �military veterans, policymakers, memorial planners, and the general public<U+0127> �used memorial practices associated with the Vietnam War to reinterpret the contemporary significance of past events. A PBS program about Andersonville sought to cultivate a sense of national responsibility for the My Lai massacre. A group of Vietnam veterans occupied the Alamo in 1985, seeing themselves as patriotic heirs to another lost cause. A World War II veteran published a memoir in 1980 that reads like a narrative of combat in Vietnam. Through these and other examples, Forever Vietnam reveals not only the persistence of the past in public memory but also its malleability in the service of the political present.--
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1978-
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Kieran, David
Dewey number
306.0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Culture, politics, and the Cold War
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  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Memory
  • Collective memory
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Forever Vietnam : how a divisive war changed American public memory, David Kieran
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
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rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: "I know what it's like" -- "How far is Andersonville from Vietnam?": Vietnam revisionism and Andersonville National Historic Site -- "We veterans of mass murder and stupidity": older veterans' PTSD and the narration of combat in post-Vietnam memoirs of the Second World War -- "We see a lot of parallels between the men at the Alamo and ourselves": recovering from Vietnam at the Alamo -- "We should have said no": Vietnam's legacy, remembrance of Somalia, and debates over humanitarian intervention in the 1990s -- "It's almost like the Vietnam wall": the legacy of Vietnam and remembrance of Flight 93 -- "The lessons of history": Vietnam's legacy during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- Afterword: "the task of telling your story continues"
Control code
FIEb17571790
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 305 pages
Isbn
9781625340993
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)867765383
Label
Forever Vietnam : how a divisive war changed American public memory, David Kieran
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: "I know what it's like" -- "How far is Andersonville from Vietnam?": Vietnam revisionism and Andersonville National Historic Site -- "We veterans of mass murder and stupidity": older veterans' PTSD and the narration of combat in post-Vietnam memoirs of the Second World War -- "We see a lot of parallels between the men at the Alamo and ourselves": recovering from Vietnam at the Alamo -- "We should have said no": Vietnam's legacy, remembrance of Somalia, and debates over humanitarian intervention in the 1990s -- "It's almost like the Vietnam wall": the legacy of Vietnam and remembrance of Flight 93 -- "The lessons of history": Vietnam's legacy during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- Afterword: "the task of telling your story continues"
Control code
FIEb17571790
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 305 pages
Isbn
9781625340993
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)867765383

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