Book ID: CBB582971701

Footprints of war : militarized landscapes in Vietnam (2018)


Biggs, David (Author)

University of Washington Press

Publication Date: 2018
Edition Details: Book Series: Weyerhaeuser environmental books
Physical Details: 250
Language: English

Weaving together environmental and social history, David Biggs offers an innovative history of the impact of war on central Vietnam in the long twentieth century, from the imposition of French colonial rule in 1885 to the end of American military involvement in 1973. The long history of conflict around the city of Huế produced belts of degraded lands and village societies deeply marred by the demands of war or periods of conflict. Once military units occupy a space, they change it in physical, legal, and cultural terms so that even long after the troopers leave, their footprints continue to shape patterns of land use and local memories of place. There are tombs, cemeteries, and war monuments; and there are the spaces in between, the subterrains of "wilderness" haunted by ghostlike presences of suspected chemical or munitions hazards. Digging below the surface, one risks being maimed by unexploded ordnance, getting ill from toxic chemical residues, or perhaps worst of all, being haunted by the ghosts of war dead who died violently or did not receive proper burials. Critical to this study are previously little used archives of maps and images created by technologies developed at the same time as the Indochinese wars, 1945 to 1975: aerial photography, high-altitude photography, satellite photography, and satellite-based, multi-band scanning. In this richly illustrated book, author David Biggs uses these new kinds of imagery to reveal the impact of war in the land. (Publisher)

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Review Pamela McElwee (2020) Review of "Footprints of war : militarized landscapes in Vietnam". Environmental History (pp. 157-159). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Scharff, Virginia J.
Vuic, Kara Dixon
Biggs, David
Fino, Steven A.
Schneider, Daniela Ribeiro
Martini, Edwin A.
Journal of Military History
War and Society
Environment and History
Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Revista de História Regional
University Press of Kansas
Johns Hopkins University Press
University of Washington Press
The MIT Press
University of Georgia Press
University of Arizona Press
Environmental history
Vietnam War
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Mussolini, Benito
Mao, Zedong
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
18th century
17th century
United States
Great Britain
Rocky Mountains (U.S.)
Colorado (U.S.)
Oklahoma (U.S.)
United States Air Force
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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