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Not Even Past: How the United States Ends Wars

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Not Even Past

How the United States Ends Wars

Edited by David Fitzgerald, David Ryan, and John M. Thompson

324 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-215-1 $150.00/£107.00 Hb Not Yet Published (May 2019)

ISBN  978-1-78920-225-0 $29.95/£21.00 Pb Not Yet Published (May 2019)

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“The accessible essays in this volume comprise a timely contribution to the current scholarship. The continued presence of the United States in Afghanistan makes it all the more salient.” • Sarah Kreps, Cornell University

Not Even Past is that rare edited collection where each successive essay holds to the standard of the rest, bringing with it insights and delights in every chapter. This book provides a very important and historically informed perspective.” • Jeffrey A. Engel, Southern Methodist University


Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan: Taken together, these conflicts are the key to understanding more than a half century of American military history. In addition, they have shaped, in profound ways, the culture and politics of the United States—as well as the nations in which they have been fought. This volume brings together international experts on American history and foreign affairs to assess the cumulative impact of the United States’ often halting and conflicted attempts to end wars. It offers essential perspectives on the Cold War and post-9/11 eras and explores the troubling implications of the American tendency to fight wars without end.

David Fitzgerald is a Lecturer in the School of History, University College Cork, Ireland. His books include Learning to Forget: US Army Counterinsurgency Doctrine from Vietnam to Iraq (2013) and Obama, US Foreign Policy and the Dilemmas of Intervention (with David Ryan, 2014).

David Ryan is Professor of Modern History at University College Cork, Ireland. He is the author of many books, including U.S. Foreign Policy and the Other, edited with Michael Cullinane (2015), and Frustrated Empire: US Foreign Policy from 9/11 to Iraq (2007).

John M. Thompson is a Team Head and Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich. His books include Great Power Rising: Theodore Roosevelt and the Politics of US Foreign Policy (2019) and Progressivism in America: Past, Present and Future (with David Woolner, 2016).

Subject: Peace & Conflict Studies Postwar History General History
Area: North America




Chapter 1. How to Think About Ending Wars
Gideon Rose


Chapter 2. The Importance of Being Popular: Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and Domestic Support for the Vietnam War
Sarah Thelen

Chapter 3. The Things They Carry: Vietnam and the Legacies of the American War
Edwin A. Martini

Chapter 4. “His Epitaph Is Also Ours:” Robert McNamara, The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, and the Vietnam War’s Contested Usable Past
David Kieran

Chapter 5. After the Fall of Saigon: Strategic Implications of America’s Involvement in Vietnam    
Robert K. Brigham


Chapter 6. The Ironies of Overwhelming ‘Victory’: Exits and the Dislocation of the Gulf War
David Ryan

Chapter 7. Failing to End: Obama and Iraq
David Fitzgerald and David Ryan

Chapter 8. A ‘Responsible End’ to the Afghan War: The Politics and Pitfalls of Crafting ‘Success’ Narratives
Jeffrey H. Michaels

Chapter 9. Flawed Afghanisation: Underestimating and Misunderstanding the Taliban
Antonio Giustozzi


Chapter 10. Changing the Subject: How the United States Responds to Strategic Failure
Andrew J. Bacevich

Chapter 11. How Wars Do Not End: The Challenges for 21st-Century US Foreign Policy and Intervention
Scott Lucas

Chapter 12. Coming Home: Soldier Homecomings and the All-Volunteer Force in American Society and Culture
David Fitzgerald

Chapter 13. How the United States Ends Wars
Marilyn B. Young


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