The Vietnam War: A Geographic Analysis

Authors: Andrew Lohman*,
Topics: Military Geography
Keywords: military geography, Vietnam War, spatial analysis, conflict
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: 8222, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Research on the spatiality of armed conflict reveals that military activities and violence is clustered in time and space and can be correlated to a multitude of factors, including aspects of the physical, cultural, and militarized landscapes. Historical qualitative and quantitative studies of the Vietnam War clearly indicate similar findings, noting that the strategies of the combatants were driven by geographic considerations such as proximity to boundaries, population density and settlements, military bases, critical infrastructure, as well as topography, vegetative cover, and seasonal weather patterns. This paper explores the spatiality of the Vietnam War, examining the relationship between locations of conflict incidents and other geographic factors and activities which have been theorized to correlate to such patterns. Using conflict incident and geographic data from the Vietnam War, as well as qualitative analyses and historical reports, this research seeks to empirically test the correlation between these variables and the patterns of armed conflict during the Vietnam War.

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