Christian G. Appy

Christian G. Appy

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Christian G. Appy is a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts and the author of American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity (2015), Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides (2003), and Working-Class War: American Combat Soldiers and Vietnam (1993). His original work on American soldiers in Vietnam received the American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize. Appy edits Culture, Politics, and the Cold War, a University of Massachusetts Press book series with more than thirty titles in print, including his own edited volume, Cold War Constructions: The Political Culture of United States Imperialism, 1945–1966 (2000). Appy received the University of Massachusetts Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013. He is now working on a book tentatively entitled "Fallout: The Nuclear Age in American Culture, Politics, and Protest from Hiroshima to the Global War on Terror."

Twitter: @ChristianGAppy.


  • The Vietnam War and American National Identity
  • Why the Vietnam War Still Matters
  • The Vietnam War from Multiple Perspectives
  • The Contested Origins of the Atomic Age and the Cold War
  • The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima in American History and Memory

Process: A Blog for American History

The Vietnam War, a documentary

The first of seven posts by Professor Appy about the documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, broadcast in fall 2017.


Why the Vietnam War Still Matters

This lecture was presented at Creighton University, sponsored by the university’s Henry W. Casper, SJ Associate Professorship in History, in February 2017. Recorded by Thomas Johnson III.

Visit the OAH YouTube channel for more audio and video recordings.