“Invasion and Counter invasion: Vietnam, 1976-1979”
Dr. Martin Clemis
Thursday, July 6, 2023 | 3:00 p.m.
On December 25, 1978, soldiers from the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) crossed into Cambodia as part of a punitive expedition against the Khmer Rouge. Three months later, in response to this incursion, the People’s Republic of China sent combat troops into Vietnam’s northern provinces. The Vietnamese invasion of Democratic Kampuchea and Chinese counter-invasion of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam marked the beginning of the Third Indochina War, an unforeseen and unprecedented conflict that pitted three regional communist powers against one another in the pursuit of ethnonationalist objectives. This lecture will examine the origins, conduct, and outcome of these military invasions, and discuss their historical implications on the global Cold War.
Martin G. Clemis is an associate professor in the Department of Military History at the Command and General Staff College. He is the author of The Control War: The Struggle for South Vietnam, 1968-1975 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018), and a contributing author in Beyond the Quagmire: New Interpretations of the Vietnam Conflict (University of North Texas Press, 2019), Drawdowns: The American Way of Postwar (New York University Press, 2017), and War and Geography: The Spatiality of Organized Mass Violence (Ferdinand Schoningh, 2017). Martin has had articles published in Army History and Small Wars and Insurgencies.
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