LP – Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnam War

Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnam War Essential Question:  Is it more accurate to describe Ho Chi Minh as a nationalist or a communist? Common Core Standards: RH1, RH2, WHST1, WHST2 Introduction: From Matthew Masur, “Nationalism, Communism, and the Vietnam War,” in Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War, ed. John Tully, Brad Austin, and Matthew […]

Rising Isolationism, A Renewed Danger?

It is an honor to be kicking off the blog for the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for the fall of 2011. I thank Andrew Johns, Brian Etheridge, and the officers of SHAFR for the invitation, and I look forward to an excellent year of diverse debates and dynamic discussions. For this column, […]

Toppling Nuclear Shibboleths

The New START treaty, which Russia ratified in late January, has stirred debate over the role of nuclear weapons in international politics. As Washington pressures both Iran and North Korea to abandon their nuclear ambitions, many U.S. commentators cling to the U.S. nuclear arsenal as a pillar of its international hegemony. They latch onto nuclear […]