History 402F (201) Problems in International Relations, The United States and Vietnam--Revolution, War, Aftermath




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This course focuses on the intertwined histories of the United States and Vietnam within the twentieth century global contexts of colonialism, anti-colonial resistance and revolution, and world war and global cold war. The course places these developments within the domestic social and political contexts of Vietnam and the United States and explores how revolution, warfare, and their aftermath shaped politics, culture, and historical memory in both countries. Topics include the history of colonialism and revolution in Vietnam before the American war, the political and diplomatic dimensions of the French and American wars in Vietnam, the war on the ground from both American and Vietnamese perspectives, and the long-term legacies of the American war for both the United States and Vietnam.