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1968: the world transformed by Carole Fink, Philipp Gassert, Detlef Junker, Daniel S.

By Carole Fink, Philipp Gassert, Detlef Junker, Daniel S. Mattern

1968: the area remodeled presents a global viewpoint at the such a lot tumultuous 12 months within the period of the chilly struggle. Authors from Europe and the USA clarify why the crises of 1968 erupted nearly concurrently in greatly varied cultures and societies. jointly, the eighteen chapters offer an interdisciplinary and comparative method of the increase and fall of protest events around the globe via integrating diplomacy, the position of media, and the cross-cultural trade of individuals and concepts into the worldwide heritage of 1968.

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17 Facing possible crises across the globe, the administration had few forces at its disposal. The "half-war" in Vietnam consumed ten of its twenty-three divisions. Units in Korea and Europe had been stripped of officers and men with critical skills to support those in Vietnam. The Marine Corps was already unable to sustain its Vietnam operations. The 82d Airborne Division was the only combat-ready army division in the United States, and two of its brigades had been depleted to fill a third brigade for deployment to Vietnam.

Tet and the Crisis of Hegemony 37 what had become characteristic fashion. By late 1967, the president was a man at war with himself. Frustrated by the self-imposed restraints on military action, he ached to "pour steel" on his adversaries in Hanoi and pound them into submission. Weary of the struggle, he anticipated on another occasion his March 31, 1968, decision, wondering aloud about the e~ect on the war if he decided not to run for reelection. Still, he refused· to act decisively. As throughout his career, he sought to patch together a consensus among divergent viewpoints rather than confront the issues head-on.

Units in Korea and Europe had been stripped of officers and men with critical skills to support those in Vietnam. The Marine Corps was already unable to sustain its Vietnam operations. The 82d Airborne Division was the only combat-ready army division in the United States, and two of its brigades had been depleted to fill a third brigade for deployment to Vietnam. the 82d Airborne to Viet16 Earle G. Wheeler and Harry McPherson oral history interviews, Johnson Library. 17 Notes on NSC meeting, Jan.

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