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May 12, 2008 Page 1 of 3 Lecture 18 Vietnam Vietnam had been on the lines with the American policy makers since the 1940s (Truman, Ike, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, and Ford) The presidents passed it like a hot potato Vietnam was the ultimate struggle and reflects the bipartisan of Republicans and Democrats Roots Ho Chi Minh & League of Vietnamese Independence/Vietminh v. French The French wanted Vietnam (Its former colony back) Ho Chi Minh compared Vietnam to being a French colony to be similar to America being a British colony Ho Chi Minh was a communist, but was also a nationalist who was dedicated the seek independence from colonization He expected America to help him, but he did not get any aide because the European nations wanted Truman on their side Under Ike, the American aide of the French escalated Dienbienphu The War did not go well for the French At the battle of Dienbienphu, the French lost access to their airfields The French forces were overwhelmed They could not hold out, so they got out Geneva Accords Division Pending Elections, 1956 France leaving Vietnam Geneva Accords The Geneva Accords temporarily divided Vietnam at the 17 th parallel, pending national elections to be held in 1956 Ho Chi Minh accepted this, knowing that it was his only means while he had to fix wartime destruction and thought that a vote will then combine the
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2009 for the course HIST 17c taught by Professor Kaulman during the Spring '07 term at UCSB.

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