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1Given the instances of deliberate distortion and misuse of history in 20th century ideology and propaganda, formulate a set of principles to govern historical research and the learning of history to minimize the risks of ideological distortion and political misuse of history.
2Given the dominance of Western technology in global economic and cultural life, assess the challenges it posed to the cultural values and social patterns of traditional Vietnamese society, both under French colonialism and during the massive U.S. presence of 195472. Assess the responses those challenges drew from the Vietnamese.
3Given the failure of diplomatic agreements to settle the Vietnam conflict, i.e., the Geneva Accords of 1954 and the Paris Peace Accords of 1973, evaluate the circumstances and conditions under which negotiated settlements to international disputes are likely to succeed or fail.
4Given the concept of a "revolution of rising expectations," demonstrate how that concept may be applied to the success of the Vietminh in establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, and to the failure of the Saigon regime of South Vietnam.
5Given the central role of Ho Chi Minh in winning independence for Vietnam and subsequently establishing a totalitarian state, analyze the conditions under which charismatic leaders are able to mobilize their people.
6Given the competing ideologies and the sometimes unlikely allies of the Vietnam conflict, assess the role of ideology in generating and sustaining the Vietnam War.
7Given the failure of diplomacy to either protect South Vietnam or curb U.S. involvement for much of the war, evaluate the limitations of diplomacy, especially of collective security organizations, in regional conflicts involving major powers.
8Given the erosion of public support for the continuation of the U.S. military effort in Vietnam, analyze the factors that could force a government to alter its military and foreign policies.
9Given the U.S. government's dependence on military power to achieve a political victory in Vietnam, evaluate U.S. military performance in the Vietnam War.
10Given continued references to the Vietnam War in contemporary U.S. foreign policy debates, formulate a set of "lessons" for policy makers and citizens to be learned from the Vietnam experience.
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