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America and Vietnam

Vak 2012-2013

Admission requirements

Beide tweedejaars BA-werkcolleges behaald.


America’s thirty-year involvement in Vietnam failed to prevent the unification of that country under Communist leadership. This seminar examines the course of America’s intervention in Vietnam under Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. Students will analyze the foreign policy background as well as the military and political aspects of the war. Other topics include the role of the news media in reporting the war and the influence of the peace movement in opposing it. Documentary sources will be used throughout. Film and literary sources will provide additional insights.

Course objectives



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Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Long essay of 7.000 words (75%)
  • Seminar presentation (25%)



Reading list

  • Michael Hunt, A Vietnam War Reader (2010)
  • Marilyn Young, The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990 (1992)
  • Michael Lind, Vietnam: The Necessary War (1999)


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Contact information

Email: Prof.dr. A. Fairclough