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Year 12: Terms 3 & 4 (EA): Vietnam War

Term 2: Cold War

Vietnam War

Oliver Library Catalogue

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Suggested primary sources

Australia / Vietnam

Quotes by Australian soldiers in Vietnam :  Australian War Memorial

Quotes by US Vietnam Vets : interviews in both PDF and MP3 recorded at Ball State University 

Documents on Australia’s involvement in Vietnam : Department of Veteran’s Affairs

History of Australia and the Vietnam War : Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Details of preparation / battles / public opinion / conscription / aftermath of war

Trove Newspapers (National Library of Australia) provides an archive of public and media opinion of the Vietnam War
Example:  Article in the Sydney Tribune (1967) questions the loss of Australian life in the Vietnam War

United States of America / Vietnam

Vietnam War Documents :  Wilson Centre Digital Archive
Documents on the Vietnam War. These telegrams, minutes, and discussion notes range from the mid-1950s to the end of the 1970s, and most come from Chinese and Albanian archives

Selected Documents on the Vietnam War 1953 – 1976
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Digital Library 

Defoliant Operations in Vietnam (1961-1962) :  John F Kennedy Presidential 
Several documents linked to the National Security Action Memoranda number 115 (NSAM 115) titled, "Defoliant Operations in Vietnam," which discuss the use of herbicides to clear jungle and inhibit the growth of crops.  Some discussion also centres around the issue of whether a defoliant violates any international law concerning the conduct of chemical warfare.

Anti War primary sources – University of Washington

Documents on Indochina: Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos Spans from 1950 to 1964, ending with President Lyndon Johnson’s reaction to the Gulf of Tonkin incident, providing a narrative of the run up to war as told in diplomatic cables, government statements, and presidential addresses. (Avalon Project, Yale Law School)

The Pentagon Papers: Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force The complete report, declassified and with no redactions, available online in PDF format. This report was originally commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967; small portions were leaked to the press in 1971. The online release includes significant amounts of content never before available. (National Archives)

Vietnam War Ephemera Collection Leaflets and newspapers that were distributed on the University of Washington campus by the Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s and 1970s; covers hot social issues of the time, including the antiwar movement. (Univ. of Washington)


President Lyndon Johnson and Ho Chi Minh: Letter Exchange, 1967
Modern History Sourcebook: 

Vietnamese Declaration of Independence, 1945
Modern History Sourcebook: 

Useful PRINT books from the library catalogue

Useful Websites

General Sites on the Vietnam War
Vietnam War Resources
A HUGE number of links here, on all sorts of topics eg Agent Orange.

Spartacus SchoolNet: Investigating the Vietnam War
Very comprehensive page of links. Good starting point.

The Wars for Vietnam: an Overview
From Vassar College

The History Channel: Vietnam War Videos
excellent written text as well as video clips, interviews and photo galleries

Learn History: Vietnam War Revision Guide

Vietnam: A Country Study   
A detailed history of Vietnam, the Vietnam War, and the country of Vietnam.

The History Place Presents The Vietnam War

SchoolHistory: American Involvement in Vietnam

PBS: Vietnam Online

History by Topic: Vietnam War
Choose the column 'Vietnam War'

Battlefield: Vietnam

Documents of the Vietnam War
Statements, reports, proposals, letters, and other primary sources of the Vietnam War arranged in chronological order. Vassar College.

Vietnam Passage: Journeys from War to Peace Information, images, bios, personal stories. A documentary from PBS.

The Vietnam War

The Causes of the Vietnam War

CNN: US and Vietnam Examine Why Peace Was Elusive

Ebook: America in Vietnam

Australia and the Vietnam War Vietnam

Australian War Memorial: Vietnam War

Australia and Vietnam

NSW HSC Online: Conflict in Indochina

Vietnam War 1962-1972 (Australian War Memorial)

The Australian Veteran and the Vietnam Experience

Australia and the Vietnam War

Useful eBooks from the Library Catalogue (General)