The “Lessons” of Vietnam and Soviet Foreign Policy

  title={The “Lessons” of Vietnam and Soviet Foreign Policy},
  author={William Zimmerman and Robert Axelrod},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={1 - 24}
This study systematically identifies the Soviet lessons of Vietnam as presented in eleven Soviet newspapers (specialized and regional as well as the central papers) and eight journals. Altogether, 1,585 citations were coded, representing more than 70 different lessons. A predominant finding is that the most common lessons the Soviet Union learned from Vietnam differed from their American counterparts: the Soviet lessons would not have warned the leadership about the dangers of military… 

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