IA Events

Talk and book launch: 'Toward a New International History of the Vietnam War'

Publication date: Mar 22, 2013 3:17:16 PM

Start: Apr 29, 2013 5:00:00 PM
End: Apr 29, 2013 7:00:00 PM

Location: SOAS Khalili Lecture Theater, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG


This talk, co-hosted by UCL - Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) and SOAS, marks the publication of Professor Lien-Hang T. Nguyen's book 'Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace' (University of North Carolina Press, 2012), winner of the 2012 Edward M. Coffman Prize for best military history manuscript from the Society for Military History.

While most histories of the Vietnam War focus on the origins of U.S. involvement and the Americanization of the conflict, this study examines the international context in which North Vietnamese leaders pursued the war and American intervention ended.

Based on her recently-published book, Nguyen’s presentation will take you from the marshy swamps of the Mekong Delta to the bomb-saturated Red River Delta, from the corridors of power in Hanoi and Saigon to the Nixon White House, and from the peace negotiations in Paris to high-level meetings in Beijing and Moscow, all to reveal that peace never had a chance in Vietnam.

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen is Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky and has held fellowships at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, the former John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, and International Security Studies at Yale University. She has also published numerous peer-reviewed articles and scholarly essays on the wars for Vietnam, written pieces for The New York Times, BBC, and San Jose Mercury News, and appeared on C-Span and the Moncrieff Show.

For further information, please contact SOAS Conference Office directly.