- "The established narrative of the war, and the gloss on it provided by Burns-Novick’s inner theme, is that the Vietnam War represented not only Hanoi’s victory over the United States, but, more consequentially, the victory of all of the layers of social-political-cultural-personal revolution of the Sixties. To reaffirm the anti-war movement doctrinally is to lock in all the vast changes in the American character brought about by what the documentary sees as the truly greatest generation, the radicals of the 1960s." -- Charles Hill
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This wiki is dedicated to information regarding the 2nd Indochina War, which began in 1954 immediately after the signing of the Geneva Accords and ended on April 30, 1975, when the North Vietnam invasion of South Vietnam ended with the capture of the city of Saigon and the dissolution of the South Vietnamese government. It is more commonly called the American War in Vietnam and the Vietnam War in America. Whenever the war is referred to, it will be referred to as the 2nd Indochina War.
In case you're wondering what the 1st Indochina War was, that was the war between the Viet Minh guerillas and the French Army that took place between December 1946 and August 1954. In Vietnam, that war is known as the Anti-French Resistance War. In France, it is known as the Indochina War.
This guide will, ultimately, be downloadable and offered free to schools and others expressing their interest. There is a Study Guide in Part I which describes how we hope students will use the annotated transcripts to better understand both the good points and the bad points in Burns/Novick video history.
Articles Discussing the Burns/Novick documentary, 'The Vietnam War' that recently aired on PBS.