Lesson 1 (from Part 1, p. 1 – 39)
It is the mid to early nineteen sixties, and Hanoi is controlled by a Communist government while South Vietnam is controlled by a Capitalist government. At this time in the world there are large 'power blocks' such as Russia and China representing Communist thought and America and Europe representing Democratic/Capitalist thought. There are growing tensions between the two sides as each tries to manoeuvre itself into a more powerful position in world politics. Vietnam, a singular landmass that is divided between the two sides, is the obvious trigger for these two ideologies to clash. The objective of this lesson is to become familiar with the Cold War and Vietnam’s role in it.
Class Discussion: How is the world different from then to now? Is the Cold War still raging? What does the term 'Cold War' refer to? Why was Vietnam such a vital...
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