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University of Washington (Seattle, WA 98105-6613)
Nicole F. Mitchell (Project Director: August 2020 to present)
Open-access edition of Footprints of War: Militarized Landscapes in Vietnam, by David Biggs

Footprints of War by David Biggs (FA-57319-13) traces the long history of conflict-produced spaces in Vietnam, from the French colonial invasion in 1885 through the collapse of the Saigon government in 1975. The result is a richly textured history of militarized landscapes that reveals the spatial logic and social impact of key battles. It also explores how the militarized landscapes here, as in many historic conflict zones, continue to shape post-war land-use politics. We published a hardcover edition in 2018 and propose to publish an open-access edition with a Creative Commons license. We will post it on leading OA repositories including JSTOR, MUSE Open, OAPEN, Internet Archive, and HathiTrust. We are also piloting the Manifold platform, which will enable the author to link additional resources to the book for further research and teaching purposes. We will promote the OA edition at professional conferences and via direct mail and social media. We will pay the author a $500 royalty.

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Project fields:
East Asian History; U.S. History

Fellowships Open Book Program

Digital Humanities

$5,500 (approved)
$5,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021


Lien-Hang T. Nguyen
Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York (Lexington, KY 40506-0001)
Tet 1968: The Battles that Changed the Vietnam War and the Global Cold War

The writing of a book chronicling the planning, unfolding, and global repercussions of the Tet Offensive, marking the event's fiftieth anniversary.

North Vietnam’s Tet Offensive of 1968 was the single most important event of the Vietnam War, yet nearly 50 years later, its history has not been fully told. This book will chronicle the political intrigue that pervaded the warring capitals on the eve of the offensive in 1967, the bloody battles fought in South Vietnam, the civil unrest in America in 1968, and the offensive’s global ramifications by early 1969. Its central purpose is to change our understanding of the Tet Offensive and its impact on the Vietnam War and the wider Cold War. Using recently declassified archival materials from Vietnam, the United States, and Europe, this book will argue that the Tet Offensive was a defeat for all sides in the Vietnam War. Far from hastening the end of American intervention, Tet 1968 served only to prolong the fighting in Vietnam and to complicate international relations during the Cold War for the remainder of the conflict.

Project fields:
History, General; Military History; Political History

Public Scholars

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016