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SDSU Lecture: The Vietnam War: 1965-75 [Video]


SDSU Department of History

via C-SPAN —

San Diego State University professor Pierre Asselin taught a class on the Vietnam War, looking at the conflict from U.S. escalation in 1965 to the fall of Saigon in 1975. He described the tactics of both sides and outlined how the South Vietnamese were supported by America forces, while the North Vietnamese received supplies from both China and the Soviet Union. He argued that the United States was in Vietnam to prove the viability of capitalism and the American system of government.

Professor Pierre Asselin, SDSU’s Dwight E. Stanford Chair in US Foreign Relations, is a specialist in the history of the Vietnam War and U.S. engagement in Southeast Asia and the Cold War. 

Click here to watch the whole lecture.

This lecture was initially broadcast on C-SPAN 3 on July 21, 2018. The SDSU Department of History plans to offer more events focusing on military history over the next year. For updates on this series, sign up for their mailing list.