Contested Territory: America’s Role in Southeast Asia, 1945–75 | Reading List | National Humanities Center


Contested Territory: America’s Role in Southeast Asia, 1945–75 | Reading List

A National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for K–12 Educators

July 16–27, 2018 at the National Humanities Center



  • Asselin, Pierre. Hanoi’s Road to the Vietnam War (University of California Press, 2013)
  • Balaban, John, ed. Ca Dao Vietnam: Vietnamese Folk Poetry (Copper Canyon Press, 2003)
  • Balaban, John, ed. Spring Essence: The Poetry of Hô Xuân Huong (Copper Canyon Press, 2000)
  • Bradley, Mark. Vietnam at War (Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Dutton, George et al, eds. Sources of Vietnamese Tradition (Columbia University Press, 2012)
  • Fall, Bernard. Hell in a Very Small Place: The Siege at Dien Bien Phu (Lippincott, 1967)
  • Ferry, Jules. “On French Colonial Expansion” (1884)
  • Goscha, Christopher. Vietnam: A New History (Basic Books, 2016)
  • Herring, George C. “America and Vietnam: The Unending War,” Foreign Affairs (Winter, 1991)
  • Hunt, Michael, ed. A Vietnam War Reader (The University of North Carolina Press, 2010)
  • Kelly, Gail P. “Coping with America: Refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos in 1970s and 1980s,” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 487 (Sep., 1986)
  • Lentz, Christian. “Making the Northwest Vietnamese,” Journal of Vietnamese Studies vol. 6, no. 2 (June, 2011)
  • Logevall, Fredrik. Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam (Random House, 2012)
  • Nguyen, Lien-Hang. Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam (The University of North Carolina Press, 2012)
  • Ninh, Bảo. The Sorrow of War (Riverhead Books, 1993)

  • Obama, Barack. “Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War” (May 5, 2012)
  • Scott, James C. “Keeping the State at a Distance: The Peopling of the Hills,” The Art of Not Being Governed (Yale University Press, 2010)

  • Sterling, Jane, Martha Maud Hurley, and Le Duc Minh. Vietnam: A Natural History (Yale University Press, 2006)
  • Vu, Tuong. “The United States Isn’t the Only Country Still Trying to Figure Out the Vietnam War” History News Network (April 20, 2015)

Map Resources

  • Indochina Atlas (CIA, 1970) available through UT-Austin’s Perry Castaneda Collection

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