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Discussion & Essay Questions Available to teachers only as part of the The Vietnam WarTeacher Pass
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In what ways did Vietnam find itself caught in the middle of larger global affairs? Following World War I? Following World War II? How did leaders like Ho Chi Minh try to advance Vietnam's nationalist ambitions with these contexts? Was this a wise strategy? What does this reveal about the challenges facing small countries within the twentieth century? In what sense did the United States find itself "sacrificing democracy for democracy?" What compelled American policymakers to make this choice? Evaluate this decision from a realistic or pragmatic point of view. Evaluate this decision from an ideological point of view. What was the difference between the National Liberation Front and North Vietnam? What was the connection between the two? What errors did the United States make in assessing the character and connections of the NLF? How did broader Cold War anxieties shape American assessments of the Vietnamese conditions? What alternative policies might have been pursued had the US viewed the Vietnamese conflict as a purely local conflict?