OSHR 1196 - North Vietnam Defeated the Mightiest Military Power on Earth - How So? Find Out!

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

For many of us, the Vietnam War was a defining moment in our personal and public histories. Join us for a look back at this long interlude in our 20th century experience.

This course will cover: 1) Context (early Cold War in Asia and decolonization), 2) Causes (war against the French and among Vietnamese; US anticommunism), 3) Conduct (war on the ground and in the air;"Kill anything that moves" 4) Consequences (US defeat; North Vietnamese victory). Is Richard Nixon’s statement true that "No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War? It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now"

Readings: Herring, George C., America’s Longest War: The U.S. and Vietnam, 1954-1975.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.