The Vietnam War

Illustration from the journal Viet Nam, Hanoi, 1967.
Illustration from the journal Viet Nam, Hanoi, 1967. Shelfmark: SU216(2)

We have printed books and a significant number of newspapers and periodicals published in Vietnam during and after the war years in the 1960s and 70s.

About the collection

In addition to over 200 printed books in Vietnamese, English and other western languages, the British Library holds a substantial amount of other forms of printed materials relating to the Vietnam War during the war years.

The most outstanding collection is of newspapers published by provincial branches of the Vietnamese Communist Party from 1964 to 1965. These record the Party’s activities in attempting to build a socialist state and its preparations for the war. Equally interesting are periodicals published in North Vietnam, some of which include reproductions of paintings which capture war activities, war cartoons and photos. These visual materials provide a lighter, but still seriously interesting, perspective on the war.

We also have a small number of publications from overseas Vietnamese, mainly in the USA, Canada, and Europe, which were published during and after the war. This collection reflects entirely different aspects of the war, and helps to give a more holistic view. A large number of these publications record the plight of Vietnamese refugees and the activities of political movements which were resisting establishments in the newly unified Vietnam.

What is available online?

Specific aspects of the Vietnam War are explored in articles on the Asian and African Studies blog.

What is available in our Reading Rooms?

Vietnamese printed books, periodicals and newspapers can be found on our online catalogue Explore the British Library.

Sound recordings of interviews with Vietnamese refugees in the UK can be heard in the Rare Books and Music Reading Room by arrangement with the Listening and Viewing Service.

What is available in other organisations?

Online source materials relating to the Vietnam War include: