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Background to China's Communist Revolution

This program traces the rise of nationalism in China under the Kuomintang leadership of Sun Yat-Sen and Chiang Kai-Shek, and the emergence of the Communist Chinese Party under Mao Zedong. The causes of China's political stability are explored from the declining years of the Qing dynasty through to the Wuchang Uprising, the White Terror and the infamous Long March.
Online
2017; 2015
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This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)

American casualties mount as they face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes and artillery. Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, and the Johnson administration reassures the American public that victory is in sight.
Online
2018; 2017
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Agent Orange: Last Chapter of the Vietnam War

The use of the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War cast a dark shadow over both American veterans and Vietnamese citizens that still lingers.
Online
2017; 2014
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A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970-March 1973)

U.S. airpower makes the difference in halting a North Vietnamese offensive. After being re-elected, Nixon announces Hanoi has agreed to a peace deal. American prisoners of war will finally come home—to a bitterly divided country.
Online
2018; 2017
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The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968-May 1969)

Public support for the war declines, and American men of draft age face difficult decisions and moral choices. After police battle with demonstrators in the streets of Chicago, Richard Nixon wins the presidency. In Vietnam the war goes on.
Online
2018; 2017
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The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)

With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the South. President Johnson escalates America’s military commitment, authorizing bombing of the North and deploying ground troops in the South.
Online
2018; 2017
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Déjà Vu (1958-1961)

Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. Vietnam is divided in two. Communists in the North aim to reunify the country, while America supports Diem’s untested regime in the South.
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2018; 2017
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Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)

Kennedy inspires idealistic Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the autocratic Diem regime faces a communist insurgency and Buddhist protests, a political crisis unfolds.
Online
2018; 2017
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Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)

North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into the South. As an antiwar movement builds back home, soldiers and Marines discover that the war they are fighting in Vietnam is nothing like their fathers’ war.
Online
2018; 2017
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The History of the World (April 1969-May 1970)

With morale plummeting in Vietnam, President Nixon begins withdrawing American troops. As news breaks of an unthinkable massacre committed by American soldiers, the public debates the rectitude of the war.
Online
2018; 2017
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The Weight of Memory (March 1973-Onward)

While the Watergate scandal rivets Americans’ attention, the Vietnamese continue in a civil war. When North Vietnamese troops pour into the South, Saigon collapses. For the next 40 years, all sides search for healing and reconciliation.
Online
2018; 2017
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Things Fall Apart (January 1968-July 1968)

On the Tet holiday, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launch attacks on cities and military bases throughout the South, suffering devastating losses but casting doubt on Johnson’s promise that there is “light at the end of the tunnel.”
Online
2018; 2017
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Events of China's Communist Revolution

Following the second Sino-Japanese War, China lay in ruins politically and militarily. This program follows the internal conflict between the Communist People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the Chinese Nationalist Party (the Kuomintang). Civil war ignites in 1946, setting the stage for the Communist Revolution that will transform and modernise China, though at a great and tragic human cost.
Online
2017; 2015