Political Science (POL3) 227, The Vietnam War
Professor William A. Joseph
Course Schedule & Reading Assignments
Thereadings are listed in the order in which it is recommended that theybe done. (ER) assignments available via Electronic Reserves in theFirstClass conference for this course. Highlighted assignments areon-line and can be accessed by clicking on the link on the on-linesyllabus or via the course FirstClass Conference.
PART I: FRAMEWORK & FACTS
Sept. 5 Introduction to the Course: Why Study the Vietnam War?
Sept. 8, 12 Revolution & War: A Framework for Analysis
James DeFronzo, Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements, pp. 7-25. (ER)
The following entries in The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World, 2nd ed., Joel Krieger, William A. Joseph, et. al., eds.
Fred Halliday, "War and Revolution," in Mark N. Katz, ed., Revolution: International Dimensions, pp. 63-74 (ER)
Michael Kaufman, "What Does the Pentagon See in 'Battle of Algiers' ?", The New York Times, Sept. 7, 2003. Please read in preparation for in-class video)
Sept. 15 Vietnam: Language, Geography, Culture
"Language," in Vietnam: A Lonely Planet Survival Kit, pp. 58-66. (ER). Listen to some spoken Vietnamese: Click on any of the "Whole Dialogue" link
Neil L. Jamieson, "How the Vietnamese See the World," ch. 1, in Understanding Vietnam (Berkeley: University of California Press). Link
Explore maps of Vietnam at one of the following sites in order to get a sense of the lay of the land:Google Earth (requires program download)
Sept. 19 Colonialism & Resistance
James Olson and Randy Roberts, Where the Domino Fell, Prologue and ch. 1.
James Trullinger, Village at War, chs. 1-3.Marilyn Young, et. al., The Vietnam War: A History in Documents, pp. 11-24.
Required video: Indochine (158 mins.) (Knapp Reserve: PN1997 .I4839 1993/1999; VHS or DVD; also available from the instructor)
Sept. 22, 26 The French War, 1945-54
Olson and Roberts, ch. 2.
Young, et. al., ch. 1.
Trullinger, chs. 4-5.
Graham Greene, The Quiet American, all.
(Oct. 10 NO CLASS, FALL BREAK)
OCT. 17, 20 The American War (I), 1954-63: Entering the Tunnel, or This way to the New Frontier?
Olson and Roberts, chs. 3-4.
Young, et. al., ch. 2.
(Oct. 24 NO CLASS, TANNER CONFERENCE)
OCT. 27, 31: The American War (II), 1964-68: Light at the End of the Tunnel? or All the Way with LBJ!
Olson and Roberts, ch. 5-8
Trullinger, ch. 8-9.Young, et. al., ch. 3
William Hammond, "Tet and the Media" (ER)
[REVISED DATES FOLLOWING]
NOV. 14, 17 The American War (III), 1968-1975: Exiting the Tunnel, or The Secret Plan for "Peace"
NOV. 21 PRE-THANKSGIVING SPECIAL!! CLASS VIEWING OF "HEARTS & MINDS"
NOV. 28 POST-THANKSGIVING SPECIAL!! Guest Speaker: James Maddox, Viet Nam Vet (father of Alex Maddox '10)
DEC. 1 Vietnam: The Face of Battle
DEC. 5 Beyond Vietnam: The Wars in Laos and Cambodia
DEC. 8 Beyond Vietnam: The Anti-War Movement and the Media in the U. S.
DEC. 12 Lessons, Legacies, and Memories