An Analysis Of The Vietnam War, Focusing Mainly On The American Perception Of The War.

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VietnamThe Vietnam war started long before the 1960's and 70's involvement of the United States and Communist China. The story of Vietnam dates back to the early 20th Century and this is how most Vietnamese view Vietnam in the 20th Century. For Americans however, Vietnam is a cold period in the 1960's and 70's in which the nation was more occupied with threat of the Communist giant than with the well being of it's own people. The American version of the war is not only in the body bags of the thousands of soldiers coming back, and the crying faces of their mothers, but also in a nation divided at home. One million Vietnamese citizens were slaughtered and the nation began to grow as soul as many questioned the governments actions.In the 1920's and 30's Vietnam was a colony of the French Empire at the very end of colonialism. This was the European colonialism which had started with Christopher Columbus in 1492 but by the 20th Century, it had seen what was to be the last of the freed colonies. Although most Europeans nations (with the exception of England) had abandoned their dreams of being a colonial empire, France could not resist holding to what was its richest colony-Vietnam. In the 1930's and 40's Vietnamese nationalist desired what many other French colonies had achieved. Freedom and self rule. Many nationalist such as Ho-Chi Minh and others began to protest the French Rule and began to fight back against what they saw as French Tyranny. The French saw what was to be their last chance at colonialism in Vietnam and refused to release their grip. Many Vietnamese nationalists and demonstrators were massacred and their families were either killed or tortured. Such was the fate of Vietnamese revolutionary Vo Nguyen Grap whose entire family as well as his wife's family were slaughtered by the French military. A man by the name of Ho Chi Minh would later become the leader and the man whom the people would turn to for National Freedom. But perhaps this was the case only because he was able to escape and not meet the fate of thousands of others.After many years of fighting, Ho Chi Minh's dream had become a reality when in 1945, due to German occupation of France, Vietnam was declared independence. He felt that his whole cause had become a reality but in fact 6 months later, the French forces, with the help of American troops, were able to move back into Vietnam and occupy the territory. The same American troops which had promised to back Ho Chi Minh in the struggle against France. Now Vietnam had yet another enemy along with Japan, and China.Vietnam soon began seeing itself fighting against yet another enemy for its Independence, and even after the French pulled out in the 1950's, U.S began to move in forces and started clobbering the Vietnamese. To the surprise of American troops, the Vietnamese fought back with any and all tactics they knew. What they lacked in weaponry and arsenal, they made up in ingenuity and know-how. They had fought for...

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