History essayA significant historical event was 1954 The Geneva Conference, which was theresult of many, both long term and short term causes. The most important ofthese causes was the long term political tension between communism anddemocracy during the cold war period. The Geneva Conference also hadnumerous consequences both positive and negative. The most notableconsequence of this conference was fuelling further conflict within Vietnam,leading to the Vietnam war.The international interest in Vietnam affairs was perhaps the most importantcause of the Geneva Conference. The United States (USA) and The Union ofSoviet Socialists Republic (USSR) became hostile towards each other after thesecond world war, eventually escalating to the Cold War. Both these extremelypowerful nations fiercely competed for international influence by promotingopposing ideologies; democracy by the USA and communism by the USSR.During this period, Vietnam was seeking for independence and communismwas becoming popular. The USSR did not publicly encourage Vietnam, buturged the newly established People's Republic of China to do so. The UnitedStates of America immediately adopted a policy called 'containment' underwhich they could send aid to countries threatened by communism. With twopowerful nations willing to go to any extent in imposing their ideology, aGeneva conference was definitely necessary. The conference was not held inthe best interests of Vietnam, but to temporarily cease international tensionbetween communism and democracy and satisfy the demands of the USA andthe USSR. Vietnam endured many years of conflict, which was one of the reason theGeneva Conference occurred. Since 1858, the Vietnamese people had to fightfor their independence against the French and later the Japanese. Those whorebelled got severely punished and tortured.