Vietnam - VIETNAM 1888-1954 Laos Cambodia Vietnam French colony(French Indo-China WWII Occupied by Japanese-After Japan was defeated French

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VIETNAM: 1888-1954: Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam French colony (French Indo-China) WWII: Occupied by Japanese -After Japan was defeated, French returned to take back control “Communist Independent Movement” Vietminh -wanted to be free of Japanese & French control (led by Ho Chi Minh) -declared in Sept. 1945 that Vietnam was a free republic, took control of north For the French, Vietnam was valuable (rice, sugar, rubber, minerals); sent forces over -made little progress thru dense Vietnamese forests (75,000 Fr. killed) -surrendered at Dien Bien Phu, left Vietnam humiliated in 1954 Geneva Agreements of 1954: Laos & Cambodia independent countries -Vietnam divided between Comm. north and anti-Comm. south Domino Theory: the reason America backed France in Vietnam w/ $1.4 billion -if one country fell under communist control, those surrounding it would fall too “When an anti-communist politician, Ngu Dinh Diem, became the first President of
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 111 taught by Professor Pinckney during the Spring '11 term at UT Arlington.

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Vietnam - VIETNAM 1888-1954 Laos Cambodia Vietnam French colony(French Indo-China WWII Occupied by Japanese-After Japan was defeated French

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