HA Webinar: An enduring counterfactual: John F. Kennedy and the Vietnam War

Event Type: CPD

Takes Place: 19th March 2024

Time: 4pm - 5pm

Venue: Zoom

Description: Would US President John F. Kennedy have avoided the catastrophe that became the Vietnam War if Lee Harvey Oswald had not assassinated him in Dallas on that fateful day of 22 November 1963? This question – or a version of it – has animated discussions of the Vietnam War for decades. Where historians are often quick to dismiss the value of counterfactual reasoning by default, Dr Basha will suggest that they are valuable investigative tools and often inherent to the work we do. Weaving together new scholarship and sources – including now open-source collections – she will show how recent contributions to the Vietnam War literature are still revealing new secrets and have added credence to the view that Kennedy would not have escalated in the way that his successor did.

How to book: Booking online via the Zoom link below. Please provide your HA member number to gain access to the webinar.

Price: Free and exclusive to HA members

Email: events@history.org.uk

Website: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_evjH7g5STDixB6AymwV9KA

Lecturer: Dr Aurélie Basha i Novosejt

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