Vietnam War Perspectives

History 280D.002

Fall 2005
2231 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 2-4

This seminar will examine the Vietnam War from a variety of perspectives. We will use Marilyn Young's, The Vietnam Wars, to provide an overall continuity from 1945 to 1990, Eric Bergerud's Red Thunder, Tropic Lightning : The World of a Combat Division in Vietnam to examine oral histories and their nature as they cover one unit in the American escalation and intervention, Fredrik Logevall's Choosing War: The Last Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam
to experience research in depth covering the national and transnational diplomacy of President Lyndon Johnson during the criticalyears, 1963-65, and the recent Inside the Pentagon Papers(edited by John Prados and Margaret Pratt Porter) to look at one of the most sensational, significant, and enduring episodes within the US relating to the Vietnam War. On line resources (for example Richard Jensen's excellent site at <a href=";";></a>) and specified volumes on the graduate reserve will help strengthen and diversify seminar reports and papers.

Course requirements will consist of discussion of texts and inclass verbal reports. A total of approximately 25 pages of written work may be satisfied by a course term paper, or by shorter written reports such as book/article reviews and/or via research with on-line materials.