How did the Vietnam War transform American foreign policy and domestic politics? How should we think about the Vietnam War now that we are almost fifty years from the days when the first American combat soldiers arrived in country? How should we think about the Vietnam War in light of the recent conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya? What are the “correct” lessons of the Vietnam War? Please connect your answers to the lectures and readings, especially primary documents, this week.

SOURCES: 7/18/11 Lecture Topic: “Decolonization, Nationalism and Cold War Dissent”

•Required Reading: Westad, Global Cold War, “Creating the Third World” 110-157 and “The Islamist Defiance” 288-299
•Primary Source Reading(s): See course website
7/20/11 Lecture Topic: “The American Failure in Vietnam”

•Required Reading: Fitzgerald, Fire in the Lake, “The Downward Spiral” and “Prospero” 424-474
•Primary Source Reading(s): See course website
7/22/11 Lecture Topic: “The Global Disruption of 1968 and the Origins of Détente”

•Required Reading: Suri, “The Rise and Fall of an International Counterculture, 1960–1975?
See: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/ahr.114.1.45