Pacific Wars: Korea and Vietnam [CRN 27354]

Discipline: History
Instructor: Wheeler
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1100
End: 1220
Field Work: Day 6 | February 13, 2019 | Vietnam
Prerequisites: Completion of three (3) history credits and no fewer than 45 total credits Download Syllabus

The United States fought two major land wars in Asia during the decades after World War II. Korea and Vietnam had been colonies (of Japan and France, respectively) and became fronts in the Cold War that followed the hot war. The wars in Korea and Vietnam entailed intersecting dimensions of anti-colonialism, communist expansion, civil war, and great power rivalry – including the inter-communist rivalry between the Soviet Union and China. Rather than focus only on American foreign policy and combat, this course will situate the wars within a broader international perspective. In addition to the various political factions within Korea and Vietnam, we will look at the interests and actions of China, the Soviet Union, Japan, France, and others.

Field Work

Country: Vietnam
Day: 6
Date: February 13, 2019

In the morning the class will visit the Museum of Vietnamese History. After a vegetarian lunch at the Vinh Nghiem pagoda, they will visit the War Remnants Museum Ho Chi Minh City Peace and Development Foundation. Lastly, the group will visit the Old Central Post Office.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about Vietnam’s long history and rich culture; i.e., gain an understanding of Vietnam as much more than a former American battlefield.
  2. Learn about Vietnam’s historical connections to other countries, especially China and France. This learning objective will closely tie in with the international focus of the course.
  3. Learn how the war with the United States looks through Vietnamese eyes.