The Vietnam War: the turning point of 1968

Date: Sunday 21st October
Time: 10:30 - 12:15
Location: UCL Chadwick Building, room B05
Speaker: James Kilby

The Vietnam War was one of the longest and most brutal wars in living memory. More than two million people were killed over a 20 year long conflict between the Communist-led North Vietnamese and the world’s greatest military superpower.

As the war went on, it had an increasingly powerful effect on class consciousness around the world. The zenith of this process was the dramatic events of 1968, which marked a turning point both for the anti-war movement and the war itself.

In this session, James Kilby discusses the course of the Vietnam War and its impact on the world revolution. In particular, we will be looking at the Tet Offensive of 1968 and the effect it had on the growing anti-war movement in the USA, as well as the morale of US troops in Vietnam.

Recommended reading: The Tet Offensive - the turning point in the Vietnam War