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Name: Period: Objective: Explore different proxy wars during the Cold War Directions: Read the text and examine the map below then answer the question that follows Introduction: Cold War Hot Spots Though the United States and the Soviet Union never fought one another directly, conflicts between their allies, and those involving one of the two superpowers took place throughout the Cold War all over the world. These types of conflicts are called proxy wars . A proxy is a person that represents someone else . In the Cold War, allies of the United States and Soviet Union were their proxies. Below are examples of four Cold War conflicts. Cold War: Proxy Wars Directions: Read about the following events of the Cold War, and watch the videos to help you answer the questions #3--1954-1975: Vietnam War Why did this conflict begin? The Vietnam War was a conflict between the communist regime of North Vietnam and Viet Cong (communist-led guerrillas) and the anti- Communist South Vietnam and its ally, the United States. The communist regime of the north wanted to unify Vietnam into a single state that would be based on communist ideology. In 1958, the Viet Cong began to battle the South Vietnamese government. Motivated by a policy of containment , the United States pledged support for the anti-communist South Vietnam. The United States and its allies provided training and equipment from the American military. The United States also deployed large numbers of military personnel to South Vietnam. Later in the war, the United States launched airstrikes and committed more foot soldiers.

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