The Vietnam War was the central political issue of the 1960s and 1970s. This study by Seth Offenbach explains how the conflict shaped modern conservatism. The war caused disputes between the pro-war anti-communists right and libertarian conservatives who opposed the war. At the same time, Christian evangelicals supported the war and began forming alliances with the mainstream, pro-war right. This enabled the formation of the New Right movement which came to dominate U.S. politics at the end of the twentieth century. The Conservative Movement and the Vietnam War explains the right’s changes between Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.

chapter |21 pages


The Other Side of Vietnam

section Section I|58 pages

Conservatives and the Vietnam War

chapter 1|28 pages

The Long 1964

chapter 2|28 pages

United by Strategy

section Section II|72 pages


chapter 3|26 pages

Dissent of the Libertarians

chapter 4|23 pages

Negative Conservatism

chapter 5|21 pages

The Problem of Richard Nixon

section Section III|32 pages


chapter 6|30 pages

Christianity and Conservatism

chapter |12 pages


From Goldwater to Reagan