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Mummys, they are something that you would see going trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Or a good topic for a scary story at a sleepover. But have you ever wondered what the history is behind them? What was mummifying? How did they mummify people? Why did they mummify people? What was the purpose of mummification? Let’s go back to Ancient Egypt to see what mummification really was.
Imagine walking through the “red land” in Egypt. Desert as far as the can see, surrounded by the hot, dry, humid air. Sand piled higher than the empire state building. As you’re walking, the sun beats down on you. Then you see it. A beautiful temple that looks out of place in this hot lonely desert
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your body once you pass away would be mummified in the Egyptian religion’s afterlife as well.("Why Ancient Egyptians Believed Mummifying Their Dead Necessary? - Curiosity." Thesis. N.d. Curiosity. Web. 08 Nov. 2013).
The Egyptians purpose for doing this is so they could have a new body that could last for ever and for the soul to live happily in the afterlife.Another reason was to “create a body that could continue to house a person’s ka and ba. The ka was a ‘life force’ sustained by the consumption of food and drink.”Said Pitt Rivers Museum.("Treatment of the Dead - Animals and Belief – Ancient Egypt." Treatment of the Dead - Animals and Belief – Ancient Egypt. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov
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South Vietnam was not a democracy and the freedom of its people were severely limited; it was a corrupt, military dictatorshipSocially, opposition to the war grew with the number of US casualties. Less than 2000 Americans had been killed in 1965; in 1968 the figure had grown to 14,000. Television and photography played a significant role in influencing public opinion. The war in Vietnam was the first to be televised extensively. What Americans saw on their screens did little to convince them they were winning the war especially since the Tet offensive. In the autumn of 1969 there were large demonstrations of over 250,000 people against the war. On 4 May, at Kent State University, Ohio
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pessimism. To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, yet unsatisfactory, conclusion." on February 27th, 1968. After watching the broadcast, it was quoted that LBJ said, "That's it. If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost middle America." It showed what an important impact Cronkite's speech had on the general public, and how the general Americans trust the news reporter more than the president or the officials of the country. It showed that the Americans did not really have a great faith in the government, which also led to the anti-war movement in 1970. From all of the evidences, the public was losing its faith in winning the Vietnam War, and the pressure it caused led the US into
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“No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War.” (Richard M. Nixon, 1985) Despite almost half a century of retrospect, numerous studies, and the declassification of military documents, former President Nixon’s assertion still holds truth. Of all the wars that the United States has fought in, the Vietnam War has compelled the most Americans to question what we were fighting for and why. Was the Vietnam War a just war?
The Just War Theory
The Just War Theory has been shaped over the centuries by historians and philosophers. However, the most systematic account of the Just War Theory was formulated by Saint Thomas Aquinas in his Summa
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What was the nature and purpose of the Hitler Youth?
In this essay I shall be looking at what the purpose of the Hitler Youth was and as to why Hitler chose to set it up. The Hitler Youth was an organisation in which Hitler used to indoctrinate pupils into believing in the superiority of the Aryan race, to value compliance, discipline and sacrifice while having indisputable loyalty to the Fuhrer. The purpose of this was to create a Germany that would always remain faithful to Hitler so there would never be anarchy. Hitler programmed Youths to follow anti-Semitism and to imbed a faithfulness that would offer an undisputable faithfulness to the Fuhrer while fighting for him, even being
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The Vietnam Conflict The Vietnam War was a long and frustrating experience for the American people. Even before the United States involvement began, North and South Vietnam were in conflict with each other. ?When Vietnam was divided in 1954, many Viet Minh who had been born in the southern part of the country returned to their native villages to await the 1956 elections and the reunification of their nation?(Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 99). When the elections did not take place as planned, these Viet Minh sought to overthrow Diem?s government (Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 99). ? The Viet Minh were greatly aided in their efforts to organize resistance in the countryside by Diem?s own
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necessary for nations and groups to prosper. Everything has a purpose; including war. Although millions of people have died as a result of war, their lives were not lost in vain. The millions of people who have died have given up the lives as a sacrifice for the religion, freedoms, and beliefs that they stood for. Of course at times in wars it seems as if the soldiers are fighting for nothing. When looking at the evolution and continuation of war the purposes of war seem to not just be to fight what you believe in; however, it seems that people are fighting because it’s just another aspect of our world.
Throughout history wars have been used as tools to help settle disputes. Although, it
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horrible leader and in 1963 was killed during a coup issued by John F. Kennedy. The National Liberation Front (NFL) a communist group also known as Viet Cong that formed in 1960 in South Vietnam gained success and began attacking the South Vietnamese. This resulted with the increase of U.S involvement and their entrance into the war. The Vietnam War was not justifiable. To base the war solely on the basis of protecting Vietnam from Communism was not a sufficient reason for the countless lives lost on both sides. The war lacked support on the home front, was centered on America preserving their prestige, the soldiers did not know what they were fighting for, and the horrific treatment of the
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Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War. After Menzies' announcement, the Anglican Church hierarchy supported the decision, but opinion within the churches was divided. Some Anglican clergy believed that Christians should always be peace-makers, and thus opposed the war. The Methodist Church came out very strongly as an anti-war group, supporting the idea of a group of churches coming together to oppose the government, similarly to what had happened in America. Although within the general public there was widespread support or a lack of interest in the war, the opposition for it grew as the war continued on. Anti-war demonstrations began, wives of soldiers who were deployed wrote aggressive
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opposition. Eventually, Nixon ended the war due to public opposition, the realisation that the war was not winnable, the need for a vote-winning action, and opposition from Congress. The main problem with the presidents is that they seemed to have their own personal agenda for Vietnam, knowing little about the actual situation. After a meeting with, Johnson and Kennedy, a State Department expert said - '...I was asked to say something at the end of the meeting and they looked at me absolutely helpless, the whole group of them. There was not a single person there who knew what he was talking about...They simply did not understand the identification of nationalism and Communism'11, this issue was
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greatest loss caused by the Vietnam War was probably the togetherness of the American society. American idealism led to an opinion that the Vietnamese society can be relatively easily transformed to democracy. When this optimistic thesis fell down, it unavoidably led to disillusion. The prevailing phenomenon was also the misunderstanding of the military problem.
Looking at the complex problem brings me to the following conclusion:
Before The United States (and this applies to any other nation) decide to enter any war, they should be clearly aware of the nature of the threat they will confront and of the nature of the aims they can reach. They must have a clear military strategy and a clear definition of what they will consider a successful military result. And if America decides to commence any military action, it should not accept any other alternative but victory. America can recover from Vietnam only by learning from its wounds.
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In the 1950's the United States, began to send armed forces over to Vietnam, for the following 20 plus years the ongoing war would create major tensions throughout U.S. History. Nearly 3 million U.S. service men and women were sent thousands of miles away from home, to fight for a rather questionable cause. In total nearly 2 and a half million people from both the U.S. and Vietnam would die in a fight that had no true point. For the majority of Vietnams history, the country has been ruled by the Chinese, but in 1860 France would begin it's domination over the area and a few years later, they had successfully succeeded in gaining what they wanted. Then during WWII the Japanese came in
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citizens of the period. The war was in the most significant way a waste of life and American efforts for almost twenty years. The effects of the war reached into all corners of the country and the globe. The parasitic war leached on many families and friends of the soldiers that enlisted (made to enlist), and to an even greater extent, the lands of Vietnam decimated by all of the unnecessary fighting. The Tet Offensive by the Viet Cong laid waist to American troops and Vietnamese lands. For What? The only Silver lining that can be found in the darkest clouds is lessons American Citizens can learn from this waste of life.
1) Ang, Cheng Guan. The Vietnam War from the Other Side: The Vietnamese
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a televised new conference that he had seen 'a light at the end of the tunnel' implying that the end of the war was soon to come. Television, back at that time, was one of the very few media that the general public had accessed to, and it was one of the very few ways the general public could get the news of what was going on during the Vietnam War from. Consequently, many Americans believed in General Westmoreland's 'prophecy' of the end of the War, considering he was the commander of the US forces in Vietnam. However merely after 10 weeks, the North Vietnamese launched a surprise attack on all the significant cities in South Vietnam, which was the famous Tet Offensive. Even the US embassy
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A. Plan of Investigation
The investigation evaluates to what extent the failure of the United States in the Vietnam War was predictable. It assesses how this failure was predictable in the long and short-term and what factors were involved. The two sources used for a deeper study are from America in Vietnam, by Guenter Lewy and The army and Vietnam by Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr. Their origins, purpose, values and limitations will be discussed to assess their usefullness for the investigation.
The investigation will partially focus on the course of the Vietnam War and how North Vietnam and the Viet Cong were an example of the U.S. army`s weakness in a foreign territory. Furthermore, the
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psychological wounds (68).
Various reasons explain why Vietnam vets had become psychologically ill. Coleman believes it was a lack of leadership, support, and trust. Troops were trained to believe the Vietnamese were below Americans and they were just ‘gooks’ (74). One by one each veteran tells their story in the documentary “Winter Soldier,” and the same story is told in different words. In the moment of war the men were persuaded to believe what they were doing was for the good of their country (Lesser). Soldiers were left to feel as if they were sent to Vietnam to die because of the obvious racial and class inequalities (83). Evidently this demonstrates why draftees felt morally confused
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The Vietnam War took two decades of twentieth century and it was the longest and the most difficult war in American history. Robert Buzzanco claims that Americans were not involved in the conflict from its beginning, because they were not interested in Vietnam at the end of World War II. It has changed when Americans became aware of European politics and western economic expansion which were connected with Indochina. Such as World War II was the major turning point in case of Vietnamese struggle for liberalism and social revolution, the Vietnam War had strong impact on America in the 1960s. (Buzzanco 1999) Spector states that Vietnam War was for Americans “manifestation of the Cold War
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It is commonly known in the United States that the Vietnam War was not a popular war. In fact, it was highly protested and a number of movies later came of it, including one that many people know and love: Forrest Gump. Other movies included To the Shores of Hell, Good Guys Wear Black, The Ballad of Andy Crocker, and many more. However, many of the horrors that people associate with the war come from being in Vietnam, not from the backyards of the American people. Yet the violence and atrocities occurred in the United States as well as in Vietnam.
One of the biggest advocates for an end to war in Vietnam was the Students for Democratic Society (SDS). While many people who supported peace
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dead and 300,000 wounded. The soldiers who offered their lives were on average the age of 23 meaning many gave up education and a family to fight for the lives in the bloody massacre we call the Vietnam War. At the beginning the United States only gave minor assistance to South Vietnam, but as the years continued and the Northern Communist began crippling the South, the United States offered more military aid. In 1961 after President John F. Kennedy sent a group of officials to assess the progress of preventing the spread of communism. It became evident that more military support was needed. “Working under the "domino theory," which held that if one Southeast Asian country fell to communism
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physical pain. The soldiers of the Vietnam War felt both of these types of pain during their one-year trip in Vietnam. The pain what was felt on the body was created from the numerous weapons, explosives and ammunition cartages that had to be carried at all times.
Among the necessities or near-necessities were P-38 can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs… …and two or three canteens of water. Together, these items weighed between 12 and 18 pounds. They all carried steel helmets that weighed 5 pounds. On their feet they carried jungle boots—2.1 pounds. (O’Brien 2)
After many hours of carrying these supplies the soldiers would start to break down. The weight of the things that they carried would
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Australia's presence was in Vietnam from 1962 to 1972. It first began with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) who served in infantry, artillery and armoured divisions. Later in the war, when Australia sent more troops (because conscription was enforced), Australian task forces were given an area called Nui Dat which was within the Phuoc Tuy Province. In Vietnam Australians had to survive in terrible conditions and against an enemy that had been fighting for their country for over two decades.The men in the AATTV patrol were highly trained and skilled and went on combat patrols with the Army of the Republic of South Vietnam (ARVN), to train them in methods of village control
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anything solved? No, it didn’t solve the
problem of communism, or help free Vietnam. America’s involvement in Vietnam only made
America look worse to the rest of the world. Sadly enough, America is looked upon as a big
bully on the playground.
Before the war started, America was boasting in glory and power. The United States had
just one World War II and American citizens were enjoying the success. The economy was in
good shape and the military ready for another round. So when America entered the Vietnam War
they were overconfident that America would win. The American army had no idea what they
were headed into. When they got there it was a world that was new to them
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were picked in. Those with the lowest numbers were drafted first.The Vietnam War was a time of great sorrow, grief and loss for families who had lost their loved ones in the war. The reason that so many lives were lost was due to the fact that the U.S government chose to intervene in another country's issues and tried to change Vietnam into what they wanted it to be, so that it could benefit their country. No person can change the past but we can try to make the world a better place. Those lost lives cannot be restored but that does not mean that their uneasy souls do not wander the earth trying to find closure.Bibliography: Wikipedia.com, Answers.com, Google.com, Google Scholar.com, Yahoo.com, SparkNotes.com, HistoryChannel.com, History Learning Site.com.Sources: Videos: The Vietnam War and The Facts about The War.Books: Informational Text: The Vietnam Conflict by Sheryl Brown.
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against the US Government and also the war. I do not think that this was significant in the long term as when the war ended the US no longer took money away for the war and also gave back the funding and everything went back to normal, but at the time it certainly had a huge impact on what society and the Government thought about the war.
In Vietnam 4 million people died during the war, including civilians. This affected Vietnam massively in the short term as a lot of farmers had been killed and therefore Vietnam was short on food and other resources. Also Vietnams population is much smaller than the USs due to the difference between the sizes of their countries so 4 million people
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During the three decades after the Great Depression, one of the major events that effected many people worldwide was the Vietnam War. Multiple government organizations were introduced to work against one another. The Viet Minh who were communists of North Vietnam wanted South Vietnam, who was non-communist U.S. ally, to join together and become one. The war took many lives and caused others to stand up to say what they believe is right and wrong. It showed that people were willing to work against the government to help spread the news and save lives of the people who were in harm’s way. Many people sacrificed their lives just because of something that should not have happened. The war was a
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where all the good spots to hide, and sniper American troops from. The Vietnamese also hid up in trees with bombs, and guns.6.The term "search and destroy" refers to what the American troops thought would win them the Vietnam War, but their plans were wrong. When the American teams of solders went out in to the battlefields, they would kill any Vietnamese solders near by and when the cost was clear their unit commander would tell them to use the "search and destroy" tactic. What this meant was the solders would spread out and search for Vietnamese solders, and when they found them they were ordered to kill them straight away, and take no prisoners.7.The Americans could not fight a war in this
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question why the war was taking place or if the United States had a right to be in Vietnam. In the past, the media's main job was to keep the good people of America optimistic, feel safe in there homes, and to keep them panic free. For example, during the World Wars and the Korean War, the media portrayed what the government and militaries actions were doing in a positive light. Unlike those wars the Vietnam War was not falsely presented but rather was shown in wars true light. The media began to express skepticism of the militaries presence in Vietnam and what the government's intentions were while over there. Due to the raising number of causalities and other problematic events, doubts began
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Vietnam could be described as a two front war, a war in
Vietnam with war being waged with tanks, guns and bullets, and a "war at home," fought on the streets,
campuses and offices throughout the nation.
The Vietnam War was probably the most important historical event in which the news media's
influence was felt among the American public. The Vietnam War was a conflict that many Americans
would like to forget. What began as a fight against Communism and the spread of it, the war escalated
to an uncontrollable point. The United States were unable to fight on the Vietnamese terrain with its
jungles and sticky, wet climate as well as to recognize
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had violated their territorial waters. This prompts Congress to give President Johnson the power to "repel any further attacks and do what is necessary to prevent any further aggression." Finally, the attack on an US Air Force base at Pleiku by the North Vietnamese gives President Johnson the chance to order aerial bombings of North Vietnam. In fact, 3.6 million more tons of ordinance was dropped in the Vietnam War than the already 2.6 million tons dropped during the First World War, the Second World War, and the Korean War combined. For the first time, ground troops are involved, specifically US Marines in charge of protecting the airfields. However, these ground troops have a defensive
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1. IntroductionIt was supposed to be a South Vietnamese war with the U.S. advising those who were frightened in their freedom. But the U.S. would end up doing much more than just advising. The Vietnam War was supposed to be a demonstration of how willing the U.S. was to battle communism, but ended up a personal vendetta against North Vietnamese as the U.S.A. escalated its commitment in Vietnam infinitely greater than it had ever intended. At the end over fifty thousand casualties were recorded on the American side.But why did this happen? Why did the Americans intervent in this war? Was the White House and its policy really prepared for this kind of war? What were the causes of the defeat
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the monument honors
only those lost, but that is incorrect. Maya Lin¹s design formed into the
most unique memorial structure of its kind, which honors all who served in
the Vietnam War (Colliers 23: 137).
The official name given to the monument was the Vietnam Veterans memorial.
In this name alone it is clear that it was not erected for the sole
purpose of honoring only those who were lost in the conflict. The term KIA
was the abbreviation used for those people who were killed in action, and
these people represent 47,000 of the 58,000 names on the wall. The other
11,000 were soldiers who died from crashes, snake bites, illnesses, and
other non-combat related deaths (Olson 227
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The Vietnam WarOne of the most remembered aspects of the Vietnam War era was student and campus unrest. Student activist played a key role in bringing antiwar ideas to the broader public. Before the Vietnam War Americans held politicians and congressmen in a high regard. Many people had formed their opinions about the war and what the United States intentions were. Some thought that the United States had good intentions about getting involved then they felt that the U.S. involvement was becoming a burden socially and economically they also believed that the United States needed to pull out of Vietnam. The other group of people thought that we should not leave Vietnam until the United States
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The Vietnam War Throughout the past century, there have been numerous controversial topics from suffrage to slavery. Perhaps one of the most controversial, at least in my opinion, was the war in Vietnam. Even today, right now, if you ask someone what he or she thinks about the Vietnam War, you are sure to get an earful. But, while opinions have their place, the real questions still linger. How did this war start? What was the United States involvement in the war? Lastly, was the price that the United States paid worth it? These are the questions I posed to myself, and then set out to try and answer here, in this paper.The Vietnamese War, as defined to me in the New Standard Encyclopedia
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Vietnam was so significant to the United States partly as it would be
the first war they would lose. It also had a tremendous financial
impact on the country and the casualties were also more in the public
eye than ever before due to the media. They learnt that:
"a long war for limited objectives, with its steady stream of body
bags, will not be supported by the American people" (Martino, 1996,
Some suggest that the US should have avoided any involvement in the
war. However, it is important to consider the political climate of the
time when passing
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The Vietnam WarThe United States made the right decision in joining the war efforts of the South Vietnamese. The only mistake was that the U.S. should have done everything in its power to win the war as quickly as possible. The U.S. was obligated by the Truman Doctrine to contain communism. Truly the best way to contain it would beto defeat it.This war was a person changing experience. With all the horrible pain andgore the soldiers had to see and endure, they could never be the people they oncewere. Supporters and protesters back in the U.S. were causing chaos. The Dovesand the Hawks, the Doves against the war and the Hawks supporting the war,divided a country. In the face of death, the
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In the 1950's, the United States had begun to send troops to Vietnam and during the following 25-year period, the ensuing war would create some of the strongest tensions in US history. Almost 3 million US men and women were sent thousands of miles to fight for what was a questionable cause. In total, it is estimated that over 2 million people on both sides were killed.
This site does not try to document the entire history of the Vietnam War but is intended as a picture essay, illustrating some of the incredible conditions under which soldiers from both sides lived, fought, played and ultimately died. Almost all of the images shown were taken by the legendary combat
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days of the idea of covering the story i was on the first plane to Saigon .Flight Pan- Am 129 the flight would be twelve hours. I could wish for was a beautiful woman to sit next to me on the journey. As i was standing in line to board the plane a gorges young woman approached me and asked me if this was the trip to Saigon and if i was Mr. Winslow." Yes I am George Winslow" i replied. Her name was Marilyn and she worked for NBC she was also sent to report on the war in Vietnam. We set next to each other inn first class and discussed the war. Before i knew it we had landed and i would never see her face again.As soon as i got to the hotel i had already been witness to a rebel bombing at a
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The Vietnam War
Sources A, B, C, E, H and I all support and say that the Americans
lost the Vietnam War because of the mistakes they made. Source A talks
about how President Johnson ordered the bombings of North Vietnam
which got America involved too much in Vietnam which meant that he
should have invaded the North. Johnson was not a ruthless man and the
bombings he did were half-hearted and limited. The air force had told
him that they would succeed only if there was heavy and continuous
bombing but he refused. The big mistake that Johnson made and this
source talks about is just giving the initial orders to bomb North
Vietnam. Source B says the
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U.S. History II
April 25, 2014
The Vietnam War
The Vietnam war started in December of 1956, and lasted until April of 1975. The war was between the U.S., and Vietnam. This war was a very gruesome, and tragic war. In Vietnam their leader Ho Chi Minh came back after a 30 year trip to explore around the world. When he returned his country was occupied by two major countries, Japan and France. Ho Chi Minh had a plan to run them out of his country, but he needed the U.S. for it to work. U.S. was still in the Cold war with Russia and there was fear of communism there. So the U.S. decided not to help Vietnam and send military aid to help the French and Japanese
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Social, Economic and Political Effects of the War.The controversial Vietnam War had a huge impact on Australian society in the 1960's/1970's. It affected all aspects of society, such as the social, economic and political issues. Vietnam was known as a 'TV War'. A lot of violent and gruesome footage of the war was broadcasted right into people's homes. People felt the need to report their own opinions and a very biased view of the war, they were not concerned with the thoughts of the Vietnamese people and their say in what was going on.The Australian government was criticized for being selective in what it showed to the public. They altered it to suit their own opinions. One lie that it
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home insane. Through an examination of the Vietnam War, in particular an event know as the My Lai Massacre, and the people involved with both, it can be proven that when the threshold for violence of a person is met or exceeded, the resulting psychological scarring becomes the most prominent reason for war being hell. Although officially, the Vietnam Conflict had neither a beginning nor an end, for the purpose of this paper it can be best examined through the decade the United States was involved: February 6, 1965 - August 30, 1975. During World War Two the French had been a major ally to the United States in the defeat of Adolph Hitler and the Axis Powers. France occupied and claimed the
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The Vietnam War would end up splitting the United States in half. The tension between anti-war groups and the people for the war were building more and more each day because this war was dragging on. Many people thought that the war was only going to take less than a year. However, what we didn’t know is that we were fighting a war that could not be acquired. The Vietnam War events from 1964 to 1975 created tensions in politics, economics, and social aspects of American life.
President Johnson believed in containment and the domino theory. Containment was to stop the spread of communism. Domino Theory was that if one country falls then more and more will start to fall as well, they were
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were being sent hundreds of miles away to fight a war, which had
nothing to do with America.
The media played a large role in turning Americans against the war.
This war was the first was in which the media had no restrictions on
what they could show the
people. It is known as the T.V. War. Marshall McLuhan, a journalist
from Regent's School of Communication and the Arts, said, "Television
brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room.
Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America--not on the
battlefields of Vietnam"(Patterson). This was the first war to have
been filmed. It was shown daily on the
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The Vietnam War
To many, the 1960's could definately be considered one of the most controversial decades of this century. It was a time in which many mistakes were made evolving around the Vietnam War which resulted in the immense suffering of two nations. The war had many casualties; along with the death of soldiers and civilians, LBJ's presidency and the 'Great Society' also were killed by the war. The US's fear of the domino theory led them in an attempt to control the spread of communism in North Vietnam, whose government was led by Ho Chi Minh. This attempt had failed in many ways because of an inexperienced president and his unarticulated ideals of how to control a war and
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win. Wife's and girlfriends were supported it to because at the time
of war it brought back the economy out a depression. So while most
people living the United States had no clue what was really going on
in wars prior to Vietnam. Very few films ever portrayed the death of
American soldiers or if they did they would not show the faces of
those who did die. The media was restricted to showing the real images
for fear of what the Americans people living in the states would
think. The means of showing those images was not quite there, most
people would listen to the radio or those moments shown on television
that portrayed the war were recorded and already
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The united front had long and historic roots in Vietnam. Used earlier in the century to mobilize anti-French forces, the united front brought together Communists and non-Communists in an umbrella organization that had limited, but important goals. On December 20, 1960, the Party' s new united front, the National Liberation Front (NLF), was born. Anyone could join this front as long as they opposed Ngo Dinh Diem and wanted to unify Vietnam.The character of the NLF and its relationship to the Communists in Hanoi has caused considerable debate among scholars, anti-war activists, and policymakers. From the birth of the NLF, government officials in Washington claimed that Hanoi directed the
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time period. Unfortunately, many of these men were not able to make these decisions. Millions of men were forced, drafted, into a battle that many "considered to be illegal and immoral (Maxwell 37). It's hard to imagine basically being forced to put life on hold, leave family, and risk life fighting a war. Some men were opposed to the draft, and were determined to find ways to avoid it; on the other hand, many men accepted the terms of the draft. I believe a person has a right to make his own decision about fighting in a war. In the Vietnam time era, the concerns of a man who was getting drafted went from bettering his and his families’ life to deciding to go to war or find an alternative
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all its political, and social change, was only the breeding ground for the free thinking generation that was to follow.As a reaction to the growing violence of the 1960's, many people turned to the ideals of peace and love. Ironically, many of those who were seen to be in favor of peace, including President John Kennedy, his brother Bobby, the black civil rights leader Martin Luther King, and many unarmed civil rights workers were murdered. The horrors of the war in Vietnam dramatized what many saw as drift towards destruction, and their reaction was to seek a genuinely peaceful way of life. Across the world, youth took up the slogan 'Make Love not War', and the Love Generation emerged
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great journey to purge the communists from Vietnam. Sadly, this is not what happened. The Viet Cong (VC) had far better tactics than the US. The VC was told to 'nibble at the enemy' so that he could 'neither eat or sleep'. This worked very well. Another demoralizing tactic the VC used was their landmines; they were designed to blow the limbs off the soldiers without killing them. This tied up hospital beds and meant the soldiers had to carry the wounded back to the base.
As you can see, the US has had better ideas than entering in this war. So why did we enter in it? Mainly because of fear, fear of communism. Communism is a socioeconomic structure and political ideology that promotes the