Pacific Wars: Korea and Vietnam [CRN 27354]

Discipline: History
Instructor: Israel
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 13:40
End: 15:00
Field Work: Day 5 | February 14, 2017 | Vietnam
Prerequisites: Completion of three (3) history credits AND no fewer than 45 total credits Download Syllabus

Diplomatic, ideological, political, cultural, and military aspects of war in the Pacific from Korea through Vietnam.

Within the greater Cold War endeavor, America fought two major conflicts in the second half of the 20th century.  Both the Korean and Vietnam Wars resulted in tens of thousands of US troop deaths, and nearly four million total deaths.  To this day, the United States–and most of the world–worries about North Korea, where a despotic regime has attained nuclear technology, and where human development exists at sub-industrial levels.

America’s longest war–the Vietnam conflict–was also one of its most divisive. As U.S. troop levels swelled to more than a half million by 1968, American society split sharply over the morality and efficacy of the war effort.  The war’s inconclusiveness and unpopularity spawned not only a broad-based antiwar movement but also a reexamination of America’s purpose as wrenching and far-reaching as any other since the Civil War.

Field Work

Country: Vietnam
Day: 5
Date: February 14, 2017

When Washington wages war, enemy cruelties and atrocities, American casualty figures, and the war’s impact on American society are all widely discussed in the United States. This field class will focus on the way the Vietnam War looked to America’s enemies and will examine the short-and-long-term impact of the conflict on Vietnam’s land and people.

Learning Objectives:
1. See the Vietnam War through Vietnamese eyes
2. Understand the impact that the war had on Vietnam’s land and people
3. See how today’s Vietnamese are coming to terms with the war’s legacy