The Dartmouth Vietnam Project Launched

Are you interested in learning the art of oral history interviewing?  The Dartmouth Vietnam Project (DVP), launched in summer 2014 and sponsored by the History Department, is an experiential learning program that provides a group of Dartmouth students the chance to get hands-on practice in this exciting field of historical research.

The main goal of the DVP is to produce an online archive of oral history interviews with older members of the Dartmouth community (alumni, faculty, staff, NH residents, and others) who want to share their memories and experiences of the Vietnam War and the Vietnam War era.  All of the interviews are conducted by current Dartmouth students.  The interviews are recorded and transcribed, and both the audiofiles and the transcripts are made accessible to the public via the DVP website.

International Addresses by Five Dartmouth Historians

Doug Haynes traveled in June to the University of Goetingen, where he delivered a keynote lecture for a conference devoted to “Informal and Everyday Markets—Histories of Business and Entrepreneurship in India Since the Nineteenth Century.”   In March, Haynes, who is a specialist in South Asian history, delivered a co-written plenary address at the colloquium “What is the History of the Body,” held at London’s Institute for Historical Research.  This current year, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship is funding Haynes research on “Advertising and the Making of the Middle Class in Western India, 1918-1940.”

Class of 2014 History Honors Students

List of Honors Theses for the Class of 2014:

John Descalzi, “Asserting Autonomy: The Role of Tanaka Kakuei in Japanese Policymaking, 1969-1974” (Advisor: Ericson)

Maria Fernandez, “Cultural Politics and Marxist Aesthetics in Revolutionary Cuba, 1959-1965” (Advisor: Goldthree)

George Helding, “’Curing the Ills of Democracy’: Party Reform and the Emergence of the Modern Democratic Party After the Fall of the Liberal Consensus (1964-1972)” (Advisor: Orleck)

Ellen Nye, “Shivering in Silk: The East India Company’s Trade in Safavid Persia and Changing Royal Policy, 1600-1709” (Advisor: Estabrook)

Andrew Shanahan, “Nation Building and the Struggle for Order in the Creation of the Northwest Territories” (Advisor: Calloway)

Louis Wheatley, “Matriotism: American Motherhood in Protest Against World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq War” (Advisor: Orleck)

Diandra Wong, “Dilemmas of Citizenship: The Overseas Chinese, Ngo Dinh Diem, and National Identity in 1950s South Vietnam” (Advisor: E. Miller)

Alumni Update

We're interested in where you've been since graduating from Dartmouth!

Dartmouth Historian Revisits the Vietnam War (Valley News)

Edward Miller, an associate professor of history, says most American histories of the Vietnam War omit a crucial element, the Vietnamese themselves, the Valley News writes.

“The Vietnam War was a hugely important event in U.S. history, but it has been written about and studied overwhelmingly from the American side. I’m trying to reframe that debate,” says Miller, whose new book is Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate of South Vietnam.

Registration is required to read the full story, published 5/10/13 by the Valley News.

Students Study Alumnus Known as ‘Korea’s Favorite American’

Growing up in South Korea, Jun Bum Sun ’14 had heard of an American activist who’d advocated for Korean independence. But it wasn’t until he arrived in Hanover that he felt a connection to the man known as “Korea’s favorite American.”

“I’d read about him in history textbooks,” he says. “But I had no idea he was a Dartmouth alumnus.”

The activist was Homer Hulbert of the Class of 1884. After arriving on campus, Jun learned that Hulbert went to Dartmouth.

“It was fascinating,” Jun says. “Why would this American want to help Korea?”

Hulbert became a figure of fascination for Jun, as well as his friend and roommate, Karl Schutz ’14. The two history majors worked as interns last year for the Homer Hulbert Memorial Society in Seoul, South Korea. Now, Jun and Schutz want to help spread Hulbert’s story throughout Korea and across campus.

Symposium to Highlight History of Armed Service

The history department will host “Military Service and National Obligation: A Symposium,” featuring lectures and a roundtable discussion about the history of armed service, on October 5 and 6.

The symposium will explore themes from President Emeritus James Wright’s most recent book, Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America’s Wars and Those Who Fought Them (PublicAffairs, a member of Perseus Books 2012). Dartmouth faculty members from the history, English, geography, government, and women and gender studies departments will lecture and present papers on ancient to contemporary military history, both in America and abroad.