From: Scott Chase (email@example.com)
Date: Tue 30 Sep 2003 - 15:15:20 GMT
>From: derek gatherer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: how to stop all this stuff on the list
>Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 09:41:06 +0100 (BST)
>I have a suggestion. If any group members want to
>continue talking about the war, please transfer the
>where it will be welcomed.
>Otherwise, I fear we're going to have the plug pulled
>on all of us. permanently.
I think the Vietnam war could be a treasure trove for someone looking for
examples of social change in a given historic period. It happened a long
time ago, so there should be a lot of sources that have decent analyses.
We have the preceding Joe McCarthy era and the rise and spread of virulent
anti-Communism notions, the "domino theory" with its origin and spread
through the minds of policy makers, and the rise of the counterculture and
peace movement to work with.
Within Vietnam itself there's the rise of anti-French revolutionary
sentiment the rise of nationalism and communism and the rise of
ideologically driven organizations such as the Vietminh and biograpies of
leaders such as Ho Chi Minh and Vo Nguyen Giap.
I don't see a subject devoid of ideas (or ideologies) and their impact on
history and people within that history. Memeticits wuld do well to apply
their field to Vietnam (or just about any other interesting historical
topic) as a testing ground.
I don't suppose that was the war you were referring to though.
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