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******** "If those gooks want a fight, they’ll get it." —-French General
Etienne Valluy (1946) "You can kill ten of my men for every one I kill of yours. But even at those odds, you will lose and I will win." --Ho Chi Minh
"Once on the tiger’s back, we cannot be sure of picking the place
to dismount." --American Undersecretary of State, George Ball.
(1964) ******** Theme: the Vietnam War was an outgrowth of two long-term trends
in the history of American and European imperialism: the
American sense that they were engaged in a world wide
struggle to establish democracy and capitalism and
extinguish socialism and communism, and the post-WWII
nationalist liberation movements, often supported by China
and the Soviet Union, of nations under the imperial control
of Britain and France. I. Imperialism Takes Control: Vietnam before American
Involvement a. the origins of Vietnam: Chinese expansion b. unification in the early 19th century c. European involvement: Portuguese traders (17th century),
French missionaries, Napoleon III colonizes for France d. the French presence: destruction of traditional way of
life. II. Approaching Vietnam: from World War II to Dienbienphu a. Japanese occupation and the beginning of nationalist
‘ resistance b. Ho Chi Minh and V0 Nguyen Giap o. the road to Dienbienphu (1954) d. the Geneva accords (1954) III. The Politios of American Involvement a. Eisenhower: the domino theory and Diem - b. Kennedy: a new war against communism, the strategic
hamlets program and American advisors, the murder of
Diem : . c. Johnson: Gulf of Tomdn, combat troops & Rolling Thunder The Vietnam War
IV. Fighting the Vietnam War a. Americans make war: helicopters and fire power
b. fighting a jungle war against a guerrilla army with young recruits
c. Tet (1968) V. Nixon and Kissinger: "Peace with Honor"
a. Nixon as warmaker: cutting against the grain
b. the destruction of Cambodia
c. Vietnamization and troop withdrawal d. peace without honor and ending the draft e the fall of Saigon and Phnompenh VI. Consequences a. the American soldier
b. the limits of American power?
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This note was uploaded on 03/07/2012 for the course US HISTORY 512:104 taught by Professor Stevenmcgrail during the Spring '10 term at Rutgers.
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