This final chapter will tie up loose ends. It will also consider the wider reverberations, in both space and time, of the Vietnam War. The following account of the period from America’s exit to the fall of Saigon will again address the question of inevitability. Could the regime in Saigon have survived? Was substantial and sufficient support by Washington for the anti-communist cause in Vietnam after January 1973 ever a serious possibility? We go on to discuss what the war revealed about the wider structures of the Cold War, including the war’s spatial repercussions on America’s allies. Subsequent sections discuss the temporal reverberations. Here, we deal with the political development of Southeast Asia after 1975; the post-Vietnam War trajectory of US foreign policy; and the later history and end of the Cold War. The final section provides answers to the many riddles and puzzles of the Vietnam War.
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