Geneva Conference - History essay A significant historical...

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History essay A significant historical event was 1954 The Geneva Conference, which was the result of many, both long term and short term causes. The most important of these causes was the long term political tension between communism and democracy during the cold war period. The Geneva Conference also had numerous consequences both positive and negative. The most notable consequence of this conference was fuelling further conflict within Vietnam, leading to the Vietnam war. The international interest in Vietnam affairs was perhaps the most important cause of the Geneva Conference. The United States (USA) and The Union of Soviet Socialists Republic (USSR) became hostile towards each other after the second world war, eventually escalating to the Cold War. Both these extremely powerful nations fiercely competed for international influence by promoting opposing ideologies; democracy by the USA and communism by the USSR. During this period, Vietnam was seeking for independence and communism was becoming popular. The USSR did not publicly encourage Vietnam, but urged the newly established People's Republic of China to do so. The United States of America immediately adopted a policy called 'containment' under which they could send aid to countries threatened by communism. With two powerful nations willing to go to any extent in imposing their ideology, a Geneva conference was definitely necessary. The conference was not held in the best interests of Vietnam, but to temporarily cease international tension between communism and democracy and satisfy the demands of the USA and the USSR. Vietnam endured many years of conflict, which was one of the reason the Geneva Conference occurred. Since 1858, the Vietnamese people had to fight for their independence against the French and later the Japanese. Those who rebelled got severely punished and tortured.

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