By conducting the war against communism, the united states paralyzed a peasant revolution against the rule of corrupt foreigners and vietnamese landlords however, in why we he was afraid that, if the oppressed asian peoples were not granted freedom and equality, a third world war would break out he stated. When the vietnamese nationalist (and communist-led) vietminh army defeated french forces at dienbienphu in 1954, the french were compelled to accede to the creation of a communist vietnam free world dominion over the region would provide markets for japan, rebuilding with american help after the pacific war. Learn about the origins of the vietnam war, which had roots in the defeat of french colonialism after world war ii the politics of american involvement first spelled out 1947, containment identified that the goal of communism was to spread to capitalist states and that the only way to stop it was to “contain” it within its. Understanding the role of communism requires placing vietnam in a regional context and examining southeast asian concerns about communism as local activists and political leaders established newly independent countries out of europe's former colonial empires, the us, the soviet union, and. This line became more rigid after 1946, when kim il sung organized a communist government in the north---the democratic people's republic shortly after war broke out along the 38th parallel on june 25, 1950 on that day events in asia also contributed to an increased sense of insecurity in 1949. The outcome of the vietnam war continues to be a hotly debated topic for historians and americans alike this lesson explores the various at first, us involvement was limited to just military advisers in the region, but as pro- communist activity in south vietnam escalated, so did american intervention as of early 1961, the. More than 400,000 south vietnamese were sent off to reeducation camps, some to languish for years [source: david lamb, los angeles times, april 30, 2005] pham thi hoai wrote in the los angeles times, the vietnam war was a complete victory for the communists the war was the mother's milk, the school and the. They were in the middle of a civil war and, at the same time were being drawn into the conflict in vietnam cambodia prince sihanouk eventually joined forces with a communist organization called the khmer rouge civil war people were purposely placed in camps far away from home so they had no where to escape.
The origins of the vietnam war were rooted in the long and bitter struggle of the vietnamese people against french colonial rule in 1932 the puppet bao dai returned from france to reign as emperor of vietnam under the french ho chi minh and his followers set up the indochinese communist party in. In 1973 a “third” vietnam war began—a continuation, actually—between north and south vietnam but without significant us involvement it ended with (ten times as many vietnamese had fled the north, where the communist party was killing off its rivals, seizing property, and oppressing the large catholic population. He spent the next 30 years at war, rising to become a lieutenant general in the army of north vietnam and a key figure in the eventual destruction of the us military machine sitting outside his comfortable home, slicing a mango on a warm evening, he remembers his own revolutionary motive: “socialism. Find out more about the history of vietnam war, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more get all the facts on historycom the vietnam war was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of north vietnam against south vietnam and its principal ally, the.
China was wary of vietnam becoming too strong in indochina this uneasiness was linked to the inter-communist conflict china had with the ussr, and vietnam's relationship with the soviets china wanted the imperialists out of indochina, but did not want the soviet union to have too much power there. The war ended on april 30, 1975, when saigon surrendered almost without fighting to the communist forces, ending the united states' involvement in vietnam photo by afp/getty images this question originally appeared on quora, the best answer to any question ask a question, get a great answer. The options were to go in deeper or get out — with all the political risks of a “cut and run” strategy in late 1964 the communists launched a series of military operations, inflicting casualties on the south vietnamese that they could not afford an attack in binh gia, a village near saigon, killed 201 south. Drawn up in the shadow of the korean war, the geneva accords represented the worst of all possible futures for war-torn vietnam because of outside the more these forces attacked diem's troops and secret police, the more diem complained that the communists were trying to take south vietnam by force this was, in.
The communists were made up of: north vietnam- they were trying to attack the south so of course they were going to send in boot on the ground viet cong- they were a guerilla force that tried to get the south to become communist by taking it over so of course they jumped on the bandwagon and trying to claim. The origins of american involvement in vietnam date back to the end of the second world war, when the vietnamese were struggling against the continued french strategy, laid out by george kennan in the long telegram, dictated that the united states do everything in its power to prevent the spread of communism. The shuffling and reshuffling of military personnel also contributed to diem's troubles, further undermining the counterinsurgency indeed, by reserving some of the south's best troops for his own personal protection instead of sending them out to defeat the communists, diem contributed to the very incident—his forcible.
Korea and its neighbor manchuria had been of great importance to the ussr, the prc (people's republic of china) and japan since the nineteenth century the korean war also proved the tenacity and skill of the communist asian militaries, something that would be reaffirmed by the vietnam war in the 1960s in fact. How did the europeans view the war and what was the extent of the involvement by the two major communist powers, russia and china recently, historian qiang zhai visited the woodrow wilson center to talk about his new book china and the vietnam wars, 1950-1975 zhai has written extensively. Having offered compelling reasons to stay out of vietnam, taylor went on to declare that for us troops svn is not an excessively difficult or unpleasant place to operate and that the risks of backing into a major but i can't give up a piece of territory like that to the communists and get the american people to reelect me.
In short, the vietnam war started as a result of the us's strategy of containment during the cold war, which aimed to prevent the spread of communism throughout the world after the second world war, the soviet union (ussr) with its major role in the war emerged as a superpower with strong influence. The major initiative in the lyndon johnson presidency was the vietnam war i can't get out, i can't finish it with what i have got communist guerillas from areas near saigon, johnson approved nsam 288 in late march 1964, calling for more us involvement in south vietnamese affairs and a greater use of us force,. In national 5 history read how the americans were unable to defeat the vietcong, and about american opposition to the war.
In the decades after the departure of the last us combat troops from vietnam in march 1973 and the fall of saigon to communist north vietnamese forces in april 1975, americans have been unable to agree on how to characterize the long, costly and ultimately unsuccessful us military involvement in. Break out into 'hot war', with the fear that atomic missiles would be fired there were many small or localised conflicts, but none actually drew the large powers into full-scale war here are some events from the time that affected the conflict in vietnam 1945 japanese surrender, ending world war ii 1948 communist. Those cia analysts who rejected the official view that moscow and beijing were largely running the vietnam war effort based their skepticism on several sources one was appreciation of the degree of independence from outside communist control ho chi minh's movement and fledgling government had. The causes of the vietnam war revolve around the simple belief held by america that communism was threatening to expand all over south-east asia neither the soviet union nor the united states could risk an all-out war against each other, such was the nuclear military might of both however, when it suited both, they.