Vietnam War

The Limits of Power: The United States in Vietnam

The Limits of Power: The United States in Vietnam takes students back in history to evaluate how successive U.S. administrations between the late 1940s and early 1970s perceived the situation in Vietnam, weighed the stakes, gauged the options, and implemented policy decisions. In the central activity, students become decision-makers wrestling with four distinct policy options that confronted the Johnson administration in the summer of 1965.

Introduction: Vietnam and the American Experience

Part I: The Cold War in Southeast Asia—1946-54

Part II: America’s Deepening Commitment—1954-64

Part III: America’s Vietnam Ordeal—1965-1975

Vietnam War: Videos for Lessons

Day One Lesson: The 1954 Geneva Conference on Indochina

Day Two Lesson: The Tonkin Gulf Resolution

Optional Lesson: Oral History and the Vietnam Experience

Day Five Lesson: Applying the Lessons of Vietnam

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Optional Lesson: Misinterpretation and Failed Diplomacy

Featured Scholars

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U.S. Naval War College
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Brown University
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Brown University