A history of the shifting memory of the Vietnam War in American culture from the late 1970s to the early 2000s. Special focus will be given to the transformation of the popular memory of the Vietnam War as influenced by, and evidenced in, film-media representations of the war over time. The course also addresses the international context of the war, popular understandings of Vietnam in the late 1960s, and the treatment of Vietnam veterans in American society in postwar period.
A World at War: The Turbulent Twentieth Century (HIS‑108)
A World at War: The Turbulent Twentieth Century
This course introduces the major events of the twentieth century, with an emphasis on global trends and the global dimensions of international conflicts and cooperation. Topics include World War I; the rise of dictators; World War II; the Cold War; decolonization and the emergence of the ‘Third World’; cultural revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s; trade, development, and terrorism; and the global resurgence of religion.
HIS-108; HIS-233 recommended
History of the US: From Colony to Superpower (HIS‑233)
History of the US: From Colony to Superpower
A survey of American history from the colonial period to the present. Special emphasis will be given to the colonies as transplanted European societies, their transformation into a nation through revolution and constitution-building, the crisis of the Civil War, and the development of the United States into a modern urban-industrial democracy and 20th century global power.