Wed, February 19, 2014
The Year of the Monkey: The Tet Offensive, America, and 1968

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All lectures are held in the multipurpose rooms of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The building opens at 6:30 p.m., the talk begins at 7:15 p.m., and the question period concludes around 8:30 p.m. All are welcome, and the event is free! For further information, please call 717-245-3972

February 19, 2014 (Wednesday)
Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series with Dr. William T. Allison

Dr. William T. Allison
Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History, U.S. Army War College
Lecture Date: February 19, 2014
Title: "The Year of the Monkey: The Tet Offensive, America, and 1968"

On January 30, 1968, the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong made one of the most daring and unexpected attacks in American military history. The impact of this turning point in the Vietnam War had ramifications far beyond South East Asia. Dr. William Allison's fascination with the impacts of the Tet Offensive on the American Homeland and its politics led to his latest project, On Nostalgia's Alter: America 1968, to be published by the University Press of Kansas in 2014. In a lecture based on the book, Allison will outline the pivotal months surrounding Tet and place the attack in the context of its immediate impact on American socio-political events in 1968. The relative success of the Tet Offensive caused renewed opposition to the Vietnam War during the 1968 Presidential Campaign; leading President Lyndon Johnson to forgo reelection, and encouraging Robert Kennedy to announce his candidacy. Tragically, Kennedy's success in the democratic primary elections led to his assassination. From politics, assassinations, and conflicts to civil rights and pop culture, please join us for discussion on 1968 through the lens of the Tet Offensive, a turning point in American history.
Dr. Allison is the General Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor of Military History at the United States Army War College. He is visiting from Georgia Southern University where he is a professor of military history. In addition, Allison's military history scholarship earned him the position of Visiting Professor in the Department Strategy and International Security at the USAF Air War College in 2002-2003 and Visiting Professor of Military History at the USAF School for Advanced Air and Space Studies from 2010-2011. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Society for Military History and he served as an editor for the Journal of Military History. He has nearly a dozen published books covering various military history topics: The Russian Revolution, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the American West.