History 250 DE

The Vietnam War

Unit 1

Roots of the Cold War and
Vietnamese Nationalism

Bruce Haulman

 

Welcome to Unit 1 of The Vietnam War
Roots of the Cold War and Vietnamese Nationalism

To get started in this class you need to do eight things:

 

1. Read through the syllabus by clicking on this link to the Syllabus in the left hand Navigation Bar.  Email me with any question you have about the syllabus, requirements, grades, etc.

Email me at bhaulman@greenriver.edu

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2. Readings:

Read George Herring America's Longest War  Forward, Preface, Chapter 1, and Pronunciation Guide.  Also Study the Map included with your text.
Click here to see the Herring Study Guide

Begin Reading Le Ly Hayslip When Heaven and Earth Changed Places.

Visit the History Channel's Today in History then in Category select Vietnam War.


President Dwight D. Eisenhower greets South Vietnam's first President, Ngo Dinh Diem, at Washington National Airport in 1957.
The History Place


3. Visit the Link of the Week by clicking on this
link - The Library of Congress Vietnam Country Study.

Read The Country Profile and Chapter 1 - Historical Setting.

Also visit the Vietnam Embassy web site
http://www.vietnamembassy-usa.org/learn_about_vietnam/geography/maps/mainland_vietnam/

Browse through both sites and find something interesting about Vietnam that is new to you and then compare the two web sites.  Be sure to look carefully at the maps to familiarize yourself with Vietnam.  Then email me a short summary of what you discovered. (Short means 150-250 words or about 1/2 to 1 page typed double-spaced)

Click on this link to email me bhaulman@greenriver.edu


The History Place


4.
Read the Weekly Briefing -

"Roots of the Cold War"

Click on this link to go to the Weekly Briefing

 


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5.  Submit your Response to the Weekly Briefing for this week.  See the Briefing Questions in the box to the right.  Each response should be a short paragraph, about 150 words each.

Click on this link to email me your responses. bhaulman@greenriver.edu

                Briefing Questions

1. Which strategy of containment makes more       sense to you: Perimeter or Strong Point? Why?

2. Summarize the popularity of Ho Chi Minh and       discuss both his communist and nationalist roots.

6. Viet Nam War Generation Journal Assignment

These assignments are due in week 2

VNWGJ is the only journal currently published which is devoted solely to the study of the Viet Nam War. Therefore, it is important for students of that war to be familiar with the Journal's content and scope.

ASSIGNMENT #1

Browse through the entire issue Vol. 2, Number 3/4 from cover to cover.  Read several of the items that really interest you.

Write a short (300-500 words) review of the entire journal. Your  personal opinions are welcomed as well as serious analysis. Try to strike a balance between the two. 25 points

ASSIGNMENT #2

Pick one piece from one of the following sections of the above journal:  Fiction, Essays, Memoir, Reviews/Interviews, and write a short (300-500 words) review of the one piece you have chosen. Analysis and opinion are both welcome. Short quotations can be used to illustrate points. 25 points

These assignments are due in week 2


VNWGJ 2002

 
6.  Post a comment about what you see as the link between the Cold War and Vietnamese Nationalism on the Discussion Board in the left hand Navigation Bar.  You may want to read through other student's comments for insights for writing your Discussion Board Posting.

Click on the Discussion Board in the left hand Navigation Bar.

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8.  Visit my Biography Page so you get to know a little bit about me.  Then create your own Profile on the Student Home Page in the left hand Navigation Bar.  This assignment is for you to get to know about me and for you to begin to meet and get to know your fellow students in this class.  If we were together in a classroom, this is something we would do the first day.  In this class we get to know one another in a cyber classroom.  So, tell us about yourself, who you are, what you do (work, hobbies, interests, etc.) and why you are taking this class.

     Click here to go to Bruce Haulman's Biography

     Click on the Student Home Page in the left hand Navigation Bar.


Bruce Haulman in Vietnam 1994

These assignments conclude the first unit of this class.

Bruce E. Haulman 2007