Vietnam and the American Political Tradition: The Politics of Dissent


Many came to see cold war liberals during the Vietnam War as willing to invoke the democratic ideal, while at the same time tolerating dictatorships in the cause of anticommunism. This volume of essays demonstrates how opposition to the war, the military-industrial complex, and the national security state crystallized in a variety of different and often divergent political traditions. Indeed, for many of the individuals discussed, dissent was a decidedly conservative act in that they felt the war threatened traditional values, mores, and institutions.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Randall B. Woods
  • Frank Ninkovich
  • Robert D. Johnson
  • Thomas J. Knock
  • David F. Schmitz
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2003