War in the Golden Land: Cambodia During the American War in Vietnam

A CIA report revealed that the Soviet Union had indeed promised to come to Sihanouk’s aid ‘if the United States should attack Cambodia.’ Sihanouk was essentially suggesting that American troops in Cambodia could lead to the start of World War III.

Lecture Description

In many tellings of the American War in Vietnam, Cambodia only arises when the Nixon Administration announced its invasion in the Spring of 1970. But Cambodia was essential to the entirety of the Vietnam War. This lecture lays out that history, revealing America’s “secret war” in Cambodia and explaining why the United States felt so compelled to invade in 1970 and how the conflict in Vietnam ultimately led to the emergence of the Khmer Rouge.


Cold War Vietnam War

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