Report: West Point Undergraduate Historical Review, Volume 009 (Spring 2019)

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    Report: West Point Undergraduate Historical Review Volume 9 (Spring 2019)
    (West Point Press, 2019) Editing Team
    Report is a non-profit publication produced by undergraduate cadets at the United States Military Academy. It accepts and encourages submissions from undergraduates in the fall and spring. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.
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    (West Point Press, 2019) Editing Team
    The Editorial Board would like to thank the faculty of the History Department for their submission recommendations, all the students who submitted papers, and Captain Alexander Humes for his advice and guidance on historical scholarship. Without their help, Report would not have been possible.
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    The Soviet Rationale of Foregoing Disinformation in The Case of The Berlin Tunnel
    (West Point Press, 2019) Pachesny, Tyler
    "The tensions of the Cold War were largely the product of uncertainty. In Europe, the Americans and the British could no longer collect radio communications as they had in the past, for the Soviets had switched from “longwave,” easy to intercept frequencies, to “shortwave” frequencies that operated only within line-of-sight.1 Along the Iron Curtain there was little opportunity to listen in on radio transmissions over the airwaves, but there was ground wire in place that the Americans and British recognized and chose to exploit with the Berlin Tunnel...."
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    Demystifying The Feminine Mystique: Betty Friedan’s Bestseller In Context Of The Postwar American Paradoxes
    (West Point Press, 2019) Ma, Sally
    "Known as the “Women’s Emancipation Proclamation,” Betty Friedan’s bestseller The Feminine Mystique has long had the reputation of reviving feminism in the culturally repressive post-WWII period of the United States.1 Published in 1963, The Feminine Mystique presented Friedan’s indictment of the postwar cultural climate that convinced middle-class women they could find complete fulfillment through domesticity. Media and scholars often credit the book for resurrecting feminism and single-handedly starting the second-wave feminist movement...."
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    Exhumed Memories: Ho Chi Minh, Pol Pot, And Nationalist Struggle In Indochina
    (West Point Press, 2019) Formella, Jonathan
    "Since the chaos that was the Indochinese Wars of the 20th Century, both Vietnam and Cambodia have been etched into global memory accompanied by visions of hellscapes, bloodshed, and a common human experience of terror. Under Ho Chi Minh and Pol Pot, respectively, the nations of Vietnam and Cambodia engaged in vicious struggles to realize their dreams of nationalism and independence. Beneath the rhetoric and actions of the two nations and their leaders is a complex array of historical factors, culture, and ideologies which led to the manifestation of Ho Chi Minh and Pol Pot as leaders of their respective nations. By analyzing the origins, backgrounds, and leaders of the nationalist movements of Vietnam and Cambodia, it becomes clear what characterized the respective nationalistic movements of each nation and to what degree they were successful. Ho Chi Minh used the rhetoric of communist liberation to unite the masses in a nationalist struggle utilizing guerrilla strategy and mass uprising, while Pol Pot reactively employed tactics of xenophobia and anti-foreign propaganda to establish a violent regime amidst the chaos of the Indochinese Wars...."
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    The Strategic Utility Of Special Operations Forces In Yemen And Rhodesia
    (West Point Press, 2019) Atlamazoglou, Stavros
    "Special Operations Forces (SOF), or Special Forces, are military units specifically organized, trained, and equipped to conduct special operations.1 Special Operations require unconventional tactics, techniques, and procedures. SOF personnel are specially selected and highly trained individuals, often equipped with the best military technology available to a country. Common SOF capabilities include but are not limited to special reconnaissance (SR), direct-action (DA), foreign internal defense (FID), unconventional warfare (UW), hostage-rescue (HR), counterterrorism (CT), counterproliferation (CP), and counterinsurgency (COIN). Because of the nature and rigors of their mission, SOF units tend to be small, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand personnel. Conversely, conventional forces are the ‘regular’ units in a military force. They are trained, equipped, and deployed to conduct large-scale operations..."