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MARILYN B. YOUNG
Marilyn B. Young, photo by Robin Holland
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May 11, 2007
"If Vietnam was Korea in slow motion, then Operation Iraqi Freedom is Vietnam on crack cocaine. In less then two weeks a 30 year old vocabulary is back: credibility gap, seek and destroy, hard to tell friend from foe, civilian interference in military affairs, the dominance of domestic politics, winning, or more often, losing hearts and minds." --Marilyn B. Young
Those words are from a presentation made by Marilyn B. Young to the Organization of American Historians' roundtable "Historians Reflect on the War in Iraq" which took place in early April, 2003, just weeks after the start of the Iraq conflict. Now, five years on, Professor Young continues her analysis, serving as editor and contributer to two collections of essays on current U.S. foreign policy, THE NEW AMERICAN EMPIRE and IRAQ AND THE LESSONS OF VIETNAM: OR, HOW NOT TO LEARN FROM THE PAST (with Lloyd Gardner).

IRAQ AND THE LESSONS OF VIETNAM: OR, HOW NOT TO LEARN FROM THE PAST Read an excerpt from IRAQ AND THE LESSONS OF VIETNAM: OR, HOW NOT TO LEARN FROM THE PAST.* (PDF)

Marilyn B. Young received her Ph.d from Harvard University in 1963. She taught at the University of Michigan before coming to NYU in 1980 where she is a full professor in the Department of History. Professor Young teaches courses on the history of U.S. foreign policy, the politics and culture of post-war U.S., as well as courses on the history of modern China, and the history and culture of Vietnam.

Her publications include RHETORIC OF EMPIRE: AMERICAN CHINA POLICY, 1895-1901; TRANSFORMING RUSSIA AND CHINA: REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE IN THE 20TH CENTURY (with William Rosenberg) and THE VIETNAM WARS, 1945-1990. She has also edited and co-edited several anthologies: WOMEN IN CHINA: ESSAYS ON SOCIAL CHANGE AND FEMINISM; PROMISSORY NOTES: WOMEN AND THE TRANSITION TO SOCIALISM (with Rayna Rapp and Sonia Kruks); VIETNAM AND AMERICA: A DOCUMENTED HISTORY (with Marvin Gettleman, Jane Franklin and Bruce Franklin), HUMAN RIGHTS AND REVOLUTION (with Lynn Hunt and Jeffrey Wasserstrom), THE VIETNAM WAR: A HISTORY IN DOCUMENTS (with John J. Fitzgerald and A. Tom Grunfeld)

Professor Young has twice been awarded a Golden Dozen Teaching Award and, from 1993-1996, served as Chair of the Department of History at NYU. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Council of Learned Society Fellowship in 2000-2001. From 2001 2004 she directed the NYU International Center for Advanced Studies Project on the Cold War as Global Conflict. In the spring of 2005, she was a Visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Center in Bologna, Italy and she is currently co-director of the Tamiment Library Center for the Study of the U.S. and the Cold War.

References and Reading:
Historians Reflect on the War in Iraq: A Roundtable
At its 2003 annual meeting in Memphis, Tennessee, the Organization of American Historians assembled a panel of historians to discuss the war in Iraq. The roundtable, which took place on Saturday April 5, was moderated by William H. Chafe, (Duke University) and included panelists Alan Brinkley (Columbia University), Peter L. Hahn (Ohio State University), Marilyn B. Young (New York University), Kevin Gaines (University of Michigan) and Eric Foner (Columbia University). You can read the papers presented and watch the panel in streaming media.

History News Network
History News Network is a cooperative project by academics and writers to offer historical perspective on current events. Part of their mission statement reads: "Journalism is said to be the first draft of history. But journalists traditionally have had little use for historians. The list of occasions on which journalists feel compelled to call upon historians is short." The Web site offers blogs, articles, news round-ups and many other features.

PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Vietnam Online
The Web site for the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE series includes a timeline, who's who, stories from the trenches and a collection of primary sources and maps. The site also provides a series of personal reflections on the war from Vietnamese and American participants.

PBS: Battlefield Vietnam
Explore the military history of the Vietnam conflict online. The Web site includes a timeline and in depth information on guerilla tactics, the air war and an interactive memorial to the siege at Khe Sanh.

*Excerpt from IRAQ AND THE LESSONS OF VIETNAM: OR, HOW NOT TO LEARN FROM THE PAST
(c) 2007 by Lloyd C. Gardner and Marilyn B. Young. This excerpt originally appears as the introduction to Iraq and the Lessons of Vietnam: Or, How Not to Learn from the Past (The New Press: April 30, 2007). Reprinted with the permission of The New Press and available in good bookstores everywhere.

Guest photo by Robin Holland

Published May 11, 2007

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