THE CONFLICT IN VIETNAM: Essay

English_Master May 18, 2016 No Comments
THE CONFLICT IN VIETNAM The Vietnam conflict began in the late nineteenth cen­tury. The French conquered Vietnam and made it a protector­ate. For nearly forty years, Vietnam had not experienced set­tled peace. The League for the Independence of Vietnam (Viet Minh) was formed in 1941, seeking independence from the French. On September 2nd, 1945, Ho Chi Minh proclaimed it independent of France. The French opposed their independ­ence from 1945 to 1954. The first representatives of de Gualle’s government landed by parachute in Saigon and Ha­noi on August 23rd, 1945. The French wanted to reestablish their rule in Vietnam but were beaten at the battle of Dien Bien Phu on May 7th, 1954. The French Expeditionary Force tried to prevent the Viet Minh from entering Laos and Dien Bien Phu was the place chosen to do so. The French were not very careful and this allowed the Viet Minh to cut off their airway to Hanoi. After a siege that had lasted for fifty – five days, the French surrendered. Ho Chi Minh led the war against France and won. After the war there was a conference in Geneva where Vietnam was divided into two parts along the seventeenth parallel. North Vietnam was mainly Communist and supported Ho Chi Minh,...
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