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Author Biggs, David A., author.

Title Footprints of war : militarized landscapes in Vietnam / David Biggs.

Publication Info. Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2018]


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 Axe JSTOR Open Ebooks  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource.
text rdacontent
computer rdamedia
online resource rdacarrier
Series Weyerhaeuser environmental books
Weyerhaeuser environmental book.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Subterrains -- Terraforming -- Resistance zones -- Ruins -- Creative destruction -- Postwar.
Summary "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 Hˆué 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher.
Subject Vietnam, Central -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Vietnam, Central -- Environmental conditions.
War -- Environmental aspects -- Vietnam, Central.
Indochinese War, 1946-1954 -- Environmental aspects -- Vietnam, Central.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Environmental aspects -- Vietnam, Central.
Viêt-nam (Centre) -- Histoire militaire -- 20e siècle.
Viêt-nam (Centre) -- Conditions environnementales.
HISTORY / Military / Vietnam War.
Ecology. (OCoLC)fst00901476
War -- Environmental aspects. (OCoLC)fst01170340
Vietnam -- Vietnam, Central. (OCoLC)fst01287612
Indochinese War (1946-1954) (OCoLC)fst00970511
Vietnam War (1961-1975) (OCoLC)fst01431664
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Military history. (OCoLC)fst01411630
Other Form: Print version: Biggs, David A., author. Footprints of war Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2018] 9780295743868 (DLC) 2018003967
ISBN 9780295743875 (epub)
Standard No. AU@ 000061515292

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