American involvement in Vietnam, including: the complex of negotiations; strategies and objectives of both sides; military, political, and economic operations of the United States; efforts at pacification; impact of Vietnam on American affairs.
This is an "A" term class.
This course will examine U.S. involvement in Vietnam from the end of World War II until the reunification of Vietnam in 1975, with a focus on the American perspective and Americans' experiences in the war. While some time will be spent on battles, a significant portion of this class will be devoted to the diplomatic and social aspects of the war. Specific topics will include the rise of Vietnamese nationalism, the Americanization of the war, the roles played by women and African-Americans in the war, the impact of the Tet Offensive, Vietnamization, the Sino-Soviet conflict and trilateralism, the activities of the antiwar movement, and the legacies of the war.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Students in this course will take three exams that include an essay, and write a paper. Their grades will be based upon these assignments as well as their participation. The course will be divided between lecture and in-class discussion based upon their readings; students can expect their exams to incorporate what they have learned from the lectures, the readings, and the discussions.