did the antiwar movement end the vietnam war?
I have a book review out on the book Rethinking the American Antiwar Movement by Simon Hall on the H-Diplo list. I focus on how we know that the movement actually caused the end of the Vietnam war in any significant way:
This leads to a major theme in research on antiwar movements. In an essay in The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements (2005), Sam Marullo and David S. Meyer argue that peace movements face an uphill struggle. There are many incentives for states to wage war, while there are few restraints. Once it is clear that a nation-state is moving toward war, it may be too late for a movement. Passions are strong and leaders do not wish to look weak. For these reasons, antiwar movements are reactionary and face massive obstacles.
Overall, I raise questions about the types of evidence that historians tend to produce. Check it out.
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