DESCRIPTION This course is about war.More precisely,
it is a special subject on three major wars the United States fought in Asia between 1941 and
1975: the Pacific War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.The course includes general examination of military
strategy and tactics, discussion on major campaigns and battles, analysis
of politics and diplomacy, review of the anti-war and peace movements, and
reflection on human suffering and consequences of the war.Perspectives from all sides of the war, including the United States, Japan, China, North Korea &
South Korea, and Vietnam, will be presented
in order to evaluate major issues and problems in American foreign policy
in the twentieth century.While a profound knowledge
of U.S. foreign policy
is not a prerequisite, students are expected to adopt critical thinking in
understanding various theories and events.Relevant
scholarship, important theories, and major schools of thought will be introduced
and discussed throughout the course.
TEXTBOOKS 1. Mark D. Roehrs & William
A. Renzi, World War II in the Pacific, New York: M.E. Sharpe,
2004. 2. Eugene
Franklin Clark, USN, The Secrets of Inchon: The Untold Story
of the Most Daring Covert Mission of the Korean
War, New York: Berkley Books, 2002. 3. Bao Ninh,
The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam, New York: Riverhead Books,
REQUIREMENTS 1. Three Exams100 points each 2. Two Book
Reports80 each 3. Attendance
& Participation40 1. Examinations consist of essay,
short answers, & Identifications and they are not cumulative. Questions
mainly come from lectures and readings of the textbooks.
Report One is on The
Secrets of Inchon by Clark.Students should write the essay to include the
following aspects: a. Identify the secret mission of then Lt. Clark,
(where, who were involved, what they encountered, etc.) and how was the mission
accomplished. b. Who were the people that assisted Lt. Clark during
the mission and what happened to some of them later? c. What were Clark’s views on the
US action in Korea, on North Korean
action against South Korea, on South Korean
soldiers’ ability in the war, and on his “secret mission” in general? d. How important was “the secret mission” to the Inchon
Landing in mid-Sept, 1950?What were Clark’s
and US military’s assessment, and what is your assessment? e. Anything you have learned from this book that you
did not know before reading it.Also give your
own assessment of the book for its strong as well as weak points. 2) Book
Report Two is on The
Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh.The report
should include the following questions: a. Describe the main character Kien in the novel (his personality,
experience in the north Vietnamese military, personal life, family, friends,
and other related stories); b. Why did Kien join the North Vietnamese army?Why did he continue to fight?What was the goal/motive for Kien, or North Vietnamese soldiers? c. What was the life like for the North Vietnamese
soldiers in the war?Describe some of their private
moments during the war (such as the relations between Kien and his girl friend
Phuong)? d. How did the North Vietnamese soldiers view the
US soldiers?Do you see any differences of similarities
between the soldiers of both sides? e. What do you learn about the war from the other
side from this novel?How much you did not know before reading
Bao Ninh’s book?Is his story convincing?How do you tie the title of the book The
Sorrow of War to the story in the novel? f. Finally, choose a couple of the review excerpts
from the back cover of the book or on the pages inside the front cover
and give your personal comment; do you agree or disagree with the review
aware that Clark's book is one of history while Bao Ninh's is a history based
fiction. Therefore, apply different perspectives when reading each
and write the book reports accordingly.
reports should be typed, double spaced in 12 font, and 4-6 pages in length.Information of the book MUST be properly cited
on the first page before the main text as listed in the textbook category.Any quotation MUST be properly cited as the following example:
******************************************************************* As Kien listened
to the conversation about the war, he wanted to disagreed with his comrades-in-arms:
“It wasn’t true that young Vietnamese loved war…If war came they would fight,
and fight courageously.But that did not mean
they loved fighting” (p. 75). ********************************************************************** 3. Attendance is students’ own
responsibility.Since examination questions come
mainly from the lectures and readings, it is important to attend the class and
STUDENTS should meet with
the instructor to make arrangement for additional work for graduate credits.
SCALEA=500-450B=449-400C=399-350D=349-300F=299 and below
Academic Honesty This instructor
requires the entire class to follow the Policy of Academic Honesty
from the University of Idaho.All work you turn
in is expected to be your own, created specifically for this class.
Material taken from other sources must be clearly acknowledged in your notes.
Plagiarism or other forms of cheating are very serious offenses that will
result in failure of this course and can lead to academic suspension or dismissal
by the university. This also applies to a person who knowingly aids
another in attempting to gain credit for work not mostly of his/her own intellectual
effort. All cases will be referred to the Dean of the Students.
Attached to the course syllabus is a copy of the University of Idaho Policy
on Academic Honesty. Finding of violation of this policy in student's
course assignment will result in "0" grade for the assignment, and possibly
an "F" for the course. Please read the university policy carefully
and follow it to the letter. This instructor will not negotiate the
university policy in any way.
Class Policy 1. Late Papers: unless student obtains advanced
permission from the instructor, or submits legitimate written notes for military,
university, or jury duties, late paper will receive 10 points deduction per
day. Please do not assume that placing your late paper in my mailbox
automatically means you have turned in the paper on time. When
it is stated on the syllabus that the paper is due on Monday, it means the
paper is due in class on Monday, not by 5pm on Monday.
2.Make-up Exam: can only be granted with legitimate reasons (such
as medical emergency, university or military duties) accompanied with written
notes. Oversleep or out of town for personal business cannot
be taken into consideration.
3. “Incomplete” Grade can only be granted toward the end of the semester
under the condition that student has performed well in the course throughout
the semester but can not possibly complete a couple of remaining assignments
as a result of medical problem, military service, or other emergencies.
Again, a written note is required to prove the situation. A grade cannot
be changed to “I” after the final grade has been entered.
Jan. 12-14 (Class begins on Wed.) Introduction to the course The rise of the United States Japanese Militarism The Pacific region Reading: Roehrs & Renzi, Chapt. 1
Week 2 Jan. 19-21 (No class on Monday, Human Rights day) The Pacific War, I European theater Sino-Japanese War U.S.-Japan relations Reading: Roehrs & Renzi, Chapt. 2
Week 3 Jan. 24-28 The Pacific War, II Pearl Harbor
War Diplomacy Reading: Roehrs & Renzi, Chapts. 3 & 4
Week 4Jan. 31- Feb. 4 The Pacific War, III Allied Counter Offensives
Reading: Roehrs & Renzi, Chapts. 5-7
Week 5 Feb. 7-11
The Pacific War, IV
Japan at War The atomic bombs (Black Rain (movie))
Reading: Roehrs & Renzi, Chapts. 8-10
Week 6 Feb. 14-18
The Pacific War, V Allied Occupation
New Japan & U.S.-Japan Alliance
Reading: Roehrs & Renzi, Chapts. 11-12 **1st mid-term examination on Friday Week 7 Feb. 23-25
(no class on Monday, Presidents' Day)
The Korean War, I Postwar Korea Sino-Soviet relations Reading: Clark, intro, Chapts.
Week 8 Feb. 28-Mar. 4
The Korean War II China at war with the
U.S. General MacArthur's war The 38th Parallel Reading: Clark, Chapts. 5-6
Week 9 Mar. 7-11 The Korean War, III Negotiating while fighting The POW issue & the armistice Reading: Clark, Chpts. 7-9
Week 10 Mar. 14-18 Spring Recess, No Class
Week 11 Mar. 21-25 The Korean War, IV The Korean War in literature The Silver Stallion (Korea) The Manchurian Candidate (U.S.) The Heroic Sons and Daughters (China) Reading: Clark, Chapts. 10-12
& Epilogue **1st Book Report (Clark’s) due on
Friday Week 12 Mar. 28-Apr. 1
The Korean War V The two Koreas
Issue of unification
Week 13 Apr. 4-8 The Vietnam War, I Postwar settlement Ho Chi Minh The NFL/Vietcong Reading: Bao Ninh, pp.
**2nd Examination on Friday
Week 14 Apr. 11-15 The Vietnam War, II Gulf of Tonkin resolution Americanization The Tet Offensive Reading: Bao Ninh, pp.
Week 15 Apr. 18-22 The Vietnam War, III Nixon & Vietnamization U.S.,China, and the Vietnam
War Anti-war movement Reading: Bao Ninh, pp.146-192
Week 16 Apr. 25-29 The Vietnam War, IV My Lai Sorrow of the War Reading: Bao Ninh, pp.
192-233 **2nd Book Report (Bao Ninh’s book) due on Friday
Week 17 May 2-6
The Vietnam War, V
Postwar Vietnam War stories from all sides Major Problems in U.S. Foreign Policy
Week 18 May 9-13 Finals Week May 10, Tue. Final Examination, 1-3pm **The above
course schedule is subject to changes by the instructor.