The shadow of Afghanistan will loom large over this course, which is an examination of the origins, development, and consequences of the Vietnam War. Topics to be considered include: the impact of French colonialism on traditional Vietnamese society; the role of World War II in shaping nationalism and communism in Vietnam; the motives, stages, and strategies of American intervention in Vietnam; leadership, organization, and tactics of the Vietnamese revolutionary movement; the expansion of the conflict to Cambodia and Laos; the antiwar movement in the United States; lessons and legacies of the Vietnam War; and political and economic development in Vietnam since the end of the war in 1975.
Max Enrollment: 35
Prerequisites: One unit in social sciences or permission of the instructor.
Distribution Requirements: SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis
Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring