Birth of Communism - Early 1930s in dilapidated house, 9...

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Early 1930s in dilapidated house, 9 Vietnamese intellectuals met to form communist party. By 1931, party had directed powerful peasant uprising against French police and landlords – suppressed by French foreign legion. Best known nationalist organization in Vietnam after a few years. Why communism was so successful so quickly (least persuasive to most): More willing to use violence/terror than other groups because they were Marxist, felt no moral or religious restraints. o Ho Chi Mihn ordered death of many oppositions o Still, inadequate explanation for their success o All violence they produced was directed back against them in equal measure Little Foreign Backing o Extensive foreign aid almost a curse, as it hurts the nationalist nature and pride Better organized than their competitors o “Front” techniques – disguised communist organizations to recruit members o Both communists and VNQDD organized similarly in local cells, but it did the VNQDD little good Filled the emotional and ideological vacuum created by collapse of
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