Behind the Bamboo Curtain: China, Vietnam, and the Cold War

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Based on new archival research in many countries, this volume broadens the context of the U.S. intervention in Vietnam. Its primary focus is on relations between China and Vietnam in the mid-twentieth century; but the book also deals with China's relations with Cambodia, U.S. dealings with both China and Vietnam, French attitudes toward Vietnam and China, and Soviet views of Vietnam and China. Contributors from seven countries range from senior scholars and officials with decades of experience to young academics just finishing their dissertations. The general impact of this work is to internationalize the history of the Vietnam War, going well beyond the long-standing focus on the role of the United States.

Edited by Priscilla Roberts, associate professor of history at the University of Hong Kong. Her primary research interest is a long-term project on the development of an Atlanticist foreign policy elite in the United States, and she has also done substantial work on Sino-American relations. She is the author of The Cold War (2001), the editor of Sino-American Relations since 1900 (1991), and the associate editor of Encyclopedia of the Korean War: A Political, Social, and Military History.

Contributors include Chen Jian; Christopher E. Goscha; James G. Hershberg; Noam Kochavi; Li Danhui; Li Xiangqian; Fredrik Logevall; Luu Doan Huynh; Stephen J. Morris; Niu Jun; Mari Olsen; Shen Zhihua; Stein Tønnesson; Yang Kuisong; Zhai Qiang; and Shu Guang Zhang.

Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Laura Deal // Catalog Specialist
  • Pieter Biersteker // Editorial Assistant
  • Charles Kraus // Program Assistant
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project