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 […]

LP – The Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan Essential Question: Was the Marshall Plan more helpful to the United States or Western Europe? Common Core Standards: RH1, RH6, RH8 Introduction: This lesson is designed to be part of a broader Cold War unit plan. Students should have a basic knowledge of the outlines of the Cold War in terms of […]

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, […]