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Victor Kaufman
HSTAA 338
Seattle Campus

The United States and Vietnam

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.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Stefanie M Starkovich
Date: 04/16/2004