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POLSC322: Asia-Pacific Politics

Unit 7: Cold War Politics in East Asia   In this unit, we will explore the impact of the Cold War between the U.S.S.R., its allies, and the U.S. and its allies on East Asia.  The Cold War primarily manifested itself in East Asia through proxy wars fought in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.  The two Superpowers used competing development and military aid to influence the region during the Cold War.

Unit 7 Time Advisory
This unit will take you approximately 10 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 7.1: 4 hours

☐    Subunit 7.2: 5 hours

☐    Subunit 7.3: 2 hours

Unit7 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the political systems of East Asia during the Cold War.
  • Identify political alliances and military battles that occurred in East Asia during the Cold War.
  • Assess the impact that historical events from the Cold War have had on Asian politics and culture.

7.1 The Korean War   - Reading: U.S. National Archives: The United States Enters the Korean Conflict Link: U.S. National Archives: The United States Enters the Korean Conflict (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article.  Also, click on the linked document (“June 27, 1950 Statement by President Truman”) at the bottom of the page to enlarge and read it. 
 
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  • Reading: Mount Holyoke College: Dr. David T. Fatua’s "The 'Long Pull' Army: NSC-68, the Korean War, and the Creation of the Cold War U.S. Army" Link: Mount Holyoke College: Dr. David T.  Fatua’s "The 'Long Pull' Army: NSC-68, the Korean War, and the Creation of the Cold War U.S. Army” (HTML)
     
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  • Reading: The Intercultral Institute of California: Dr. Ilpyong Kim’s “The Impact of Division on Korea and the Major Powers” Link: The Intercultral Institute of California: Dr. Ilpyong Kim’s “The Impact of Division on Korea and the Major Powers” (HTML)
     
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  • Web Media: Massachusetts School of Law, “The Korean War, A History—By Bruce Cumings—Part 1” Link: YouTube: Massachusetts School of Law, “The Korean War, A History—By Bruce Cumings—Part 1” (YouTube)

    Instructions: Please watch the entire video (1:00:01).

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7.2 The Vietnam War   - Reading: University of Texas College of Education, Open Websites, “The War Ends in Vietnam” Link: University of Texas College of Education, Open Websites, “The War Ends in Vietnam” (HTML)

 Instructions: Begin with the introduction, but then read the nine
additional “chapters” listed on the menu in the left-hand column.  

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  • Reading: The Japanese Journal of American Studies: Hiroshi Matsuoka’s “Cold War Perspectives on U.S. Commitment in Vietnam” Link: The Japanese Journal of American Studies: Hiroshi Matsuoka’s “Cold War Perspectives on U.S. Commitment in Vietnam” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and click on “No. 11” on the left toolbar.  Once this opens, look for the corresponding article and click the link to read the text. 
     
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  • Web Media: YouTube: AlJazeeraEnglish: “Toxic Legacy of the Vietnam War” Link: YouTube: AlJazeeraEnglish: “Toxic legacy of the Vietnam War” (YouTube)
     
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  • Web Media: YouTube: Wembbleyne: “Sun Tzu tactics used in Vietnam War”: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 Links: YouTube: Wembbleyne: “Sun Tzu tactics used in Vietnam War”: Part 1, (YouTube) Part 2, (YouTube) and Part 3 (YouTube)
     
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  • Reading: Howard Zinn, “The Impossible Victory: Vietnam”  Link: Howard Zinn, “The Impossible Victory: Vietnam” (HTML)

    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read Howard Zinn’s article.

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  • Web Media: YouTube: Leandro Jacques: The Vietnam War – Tet in Saigon and Hue War: Parts 1-5 Links: YouTube: Leandro Jacques: The Vietnam War – Tet in Saigon and Hue WarPart 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5
     
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7.3 Normalization of Relations between East and West   - Reading: History.com: The Cold War Link: History.com: The Cold War (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the full article on the Cold War.
 
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  • Reading: Mount Holyoke College: Satya J. Gabriel’s “The End of the Cold War and the Crisis in Asia” Link: Reading: Mount Holyoke College: Satya J.  Gabriel’s “The End of the Cold War and the Crisis in Asia” (HTML)
     
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  • Web Media: History.com: The Cold War Link: History.com: The Cold War (Adobe Flash)
     
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