History 250 DE

The Vietnam War

Unit 3

Nationbuilding, 1954-1960

Bruce Haulman


Welcome to Unit 3 of The Vietnam War
Nationbuilding, 1954-1960

To complete the third unit in this class you need to do six things:

1. Readings:

Read George Herring, America's Longest War,
     Chapter 2 Click here to see the Herring Study Guide

Begin Reading David Willson, REMF Diary.

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


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2. Book Review Due.  Le Ly Hayslip, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places.

Your review should have a subject block that includes the title of the book, the author's name, the publisher, and the year published.   The review should be approximately 400-750 words in length (2-3 pages typed double-spaced). Your review should focus on the message/theme and purpose of the book. What is the author attempting to communicate? How does the book help you understand the war? Also, be sure to provide a critique. Do not just recount the book chapter by chapter. ANALYZE THE BOOK.  Email me your review bhaulman@greenriver.edu

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Warner Brothers

3. Visit the Link of the Week by clicking on this
link - CNN The Cold War - Vietnam 1954-1968

Browse through the site and find something interesting about this period of Vietnam's Nationbuilding that is new to you and that you think is significant.  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

Read the Weekly Briefing -

"Nationbuilding, 1954-1960"

Click on this link to go to the Weekly Briefing


Bao Dai Emperor of Annam La Republique

5.  Submit your Response to the Weekly Briefing for this week.  Your response should be a short paragraph, about 150 words.

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

             Briefing Questions

1.  Why does President Eisenhower warn against the Military Industrial Complex?  Is his warning justified?

6.  Post a comment about why the United States effort in Nationbuilding, 1954-1960, was not as successful as hoped 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 Web Posting.

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

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Byrd Archive

These assignments conclude the third unit of this class.

Bruce E. Haulman 2007