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Vietnam - Vietnam The Socialist Republic of Vietnam consists of the former Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) and the former Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). The division of the country resulted from the defeat of the French by Communist-inspired nationalists in 1954. A prolonged civil war resulted in a victory for the Communist north, and reunification occurred in mid-1976. Physical Setting Vietnam has an area of 127,207 square miles (329,465 square kilometers) and is located in Southeast Asia....   [tags: Vietnam Culture Vietnamese Government Essays]
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America's Involvement in Vietnam - The events that led to the United States entering the Vietnam War began when the French conquered Vietnam in the late nineteenth century. After Vietnam was conquer, they formed the League for the Independence of Vietnam in hopes of seeking independence from the French. With great effort on September 2, 1945 Ho Chi Minh proclaimed their independence from France. However, the French opposed Vietnam’s independence for approximately nine years and wanted to reestablish their rule over them. However the French were beaten at the battle of Dien Bien Phu because they were not careful and allowed the Vietnam to cut off their airway to Hanoi....   [tags: Vietnam] 535 words
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Vietnam War - Summary Like any other war the Vietnam War had a lot of devastating effects after the war ended. It also had many causes that changed many things after this war. "The Vietnam War was fought between 1964 and 1975 on the ground in South Vietnam and bordering areas of Cambodia and Laos, and in bombing runs over North Vietnam."1.There were two opposing sides. On one side it "was a coalition of forces including the United States, the Republic of Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea." And on the other "was a coalition of forces including the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) and the National Liberation Front, a communist-led South Vietnamese guerrilla movement."1 The war started out when "Ho Chi Minh proclaimed it (Vietnam) independent of France."2 The French were obviously against that and "wanted to reestablish their rule in Vietnam but were beaten." 3It is said that the United States took part in this war because "The U.S....   [tags: Vietnam Conflict]
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Apocalypse Now and Vietnam - Apocalypse Now takes place during a harsh time in American history. The United States was bogged down in a war against an enemy they created themselves. Vietnam reflects the jungle in Heart of Darkness very accurately. The jungle was exploited by the Europeans. The Europeans drained their ivory and were only in there for personal gain. This was disguised by the superficial idea that they were bringing civilization and were spreading their beacons of light to the dark innards of the jungle. The jungle in return ripped apart the minds of the men and showed them that they are no different then the natives....   [tags: Vietnam] 572 words
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Vietnam War - Turning Point of Vietnam War The Vietnam War was an extension of Cold War –An Ideological conflict between Capitalism and Communism. In this protracted war scores of critical events happened and many proxy wars were fought between Nations belonging either of the Capitalist/ Communist bloc. The contrasting ideas of West and East about Government and economy was the driving force between the than two major forces of the World. The Western Nations were in favor of bringing democratic system of Government and Capitalist economy in the newly liberated Nations whereas, Russia considered it to its right specially on Eastern European countries....   [tags: Vietnam Conflict]
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Vietnam War - 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....   [tags: Vietnam Conflict] 1665 words
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Vietnam War - The Vietnam War Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia. It has a population of over 80,000,000 people. The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese. The capital city is Hanoi. The currency that is used is the new dong. This country is rich in resources. Although this country has many strong points, it also has a bloody history, the Vietnam War. The Vietnamese were controlled by France from 1859 until the defeat of France in World War II. The French had lost their power and Vietnam gained independence....   [tags: Vietnam World History War] 1086 words
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Vietnam War - The Vietnam War Of all of the wars fought by the United States, the Vietnam War was by far the most controversial. After the defeat of French forces, Vietnam was divided into two sections: North Vietnam, and South Vietnam. North Vietnam became a Communist government under Ho Chi Minh, and South Vietnam eventually became a Republic under Ngo Dinh Diem. Under Diem's oppressive rule, the Viet Cong (those against Diem) grew in power, and the U.S. reacted to the Communist threat by sending in troops and economic aid, and advised Diem to make more Democratic Reforms....   [tags: Vietnam US History] 1853 words
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The Vietnam Era - ... The military force slowly deteriorated. By 1963 the fertile Mekong Delta was lost to the overpowering Viet Cong. The war rose in 1965, when President Johnson issued commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and ground forces, which had risen to 536,000 by 1968. The Tet Offensive by North Vietnam turned many Americans against the waging war. President Nixon, following Johnson, promoted Vietnamization, the withdrawing of American troops and handing over the great responsibility of the war to South Vietnam....   [tags: History, Vietnam War, Politics] 1857 words
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The Vietnam War - The Vietnam War Student unrest and the Vietnam War In the middle 1960s, every male in America had to register for Selective Service Draft at age 18. He would then be eligible for the draft and could be inducted into the Army for a period of two years. If you were a college student, you could receive a deferment and would be able to finish college without the fear of being drafted. However, once finished with college, a students name would be put to the very top of the draft list and could be deployed at anytime....   [tags: History Vietnam War] 1138 words
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The Vietnam War - The Vietnam War From President Truman to President Nixon there was a belief that communism in Southeast Asia jeopardized American interests. President Johnson sent over a half million troops to mediate the civil war happening in Vietnam. As the Vietnam War struggled in its second era, there seemed to be no visible end in sight. American casualties and violence were increasing in vast numbers....   [tags: US History Communism Vietnam] 1048 words
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Inflation In Vietnam - Vietnam’s inflation last month, 27%, reached highest position in asia. Prices of everything go all the way up, especially necessities like gasoline, food and clothes (e.g: food prices increased 74%). Overdose foreign investment and technologically backward industry seemed to be the causes. Besides, overty rate has reduced to 15% from 58% since 1993, but now it is likely to raise again. Some workers who led vietnam’s rise from poverty are suffering from expensive city life, planning to return to their rural home....   [tags: Economy Vietnam Economics] 719 words
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The Vietnam War - The Vietnam War The Vietnam War was caused by many factors that contributed to the warfare in Vietnam during the years of 1959 to 1975. Most factors were the beliefs held by people who wanted to change or to prevent Vietnam becoming an Independent Country. Many people suffered due to these beliefs and policies and that the Vietnam War is now considered as one of the most distressing moments in the 20th Century. So why did the US become involved in the Vietnam War. What was Ho Chi Minh thinking when he was fighting for Nationalism....   [tags: History American Vietnam War Essays]
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The Vietnam War - The Vietnam War “We cannot understand war without understanding culture” “Involvement in two world wars and the Cold War transformed America into a “crusader state” convinced of the superiority of its institutions and way of life and intent on imposing them on the outside world....   [tags: US History Cold War Vietnam] 1251 words
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The Myths of Vietnam - The Myths of Vietnam Contending versions of the Vietnam War and the antiwar movement began to develop even before the war ended. The hawks' version, then and now, holds that the war was winnable, but the press, micromanaging civilian game theorists in the Pentagon, and antiwar hippies lost it. . . . The doves' version, contrarily, remains that the war was unwise and unwinnable no matter what strategy was employed or how much firepower was used. . . Both of these versions of the war and the antiwar movement as they have come down to us are better termed myths than versions of history because they function less as explanations of reality than as new justifications of old positions and the emotional investments that attended them (Garfinkle, 7)....   [tags: United States History Vietnam War Essays]
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Vietnam War - Social Movements - Missing Works Cited The Vietnam War (1965-1975)was fought between the North and South Vietnam. The North was called Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the South was the Republic of Vietnam which was supported by the United States. On August 2nd, 1964 the USS Maddox was on a secret intelligent mission on the North Vietnamese coast where in the Gulf on Tonkin they were attacked by torpedo boats. The USS Turner Joy was attacked in the same area two days later. Due to the second attack Congress declared the Gulf of Tonkin resolution which led to air strikes.In 1959 there were 5,000 guerilla fighters and in 1964 the numbers jumped to 100,000....   [tags: Vietnam Conflict] 1036 words
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Vietnam: The President's War - ... Communists of the time were considered fiendish backstabbers that would gladly flood the Country at any moment. The political tension brought on by the conflict between an ally (Europe) and a previous enemy (The Soviet Union) drew the US closer to the war of words. There were hunts for the “Reds” all through the nation, seeking communist propaganda, spies and underground organizations. It even led to the McCarran act in 1950, which required all members of Communist-front organizations to register....   [tags: The Vietnam War]
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The Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War - When asked about the United States’ involvement in Vietnam Charles de Gaulle responded by saying, “I predict… that you will, step by step, be sucked into a bottomless military and political quagmire” (Wills 29). The Vietnam War should have been negotiated to an end and troops removed directly following the Tet Offensive, because by that time, it was made evident that further fighting would only cause more unnecessary harms. Often in history nations try to justify their actions any way they can whether they are valid or not....   [tags: vietnam war]
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Vietnam Economy After Embargo - Vietnam Economy After Embargo When the last United States forces left South Vietnam on March 29, 1973 in over-stuffed helicopters and crowded aircraft carriers, it was to be the closing of book whose chapters lasted through four presidencies. When North Vietnam successfully invaded South Vietnam and captured Saigon on April 30, 1975, an embargo originally placed on the north by the United States was extended onto the entire, newly-named Republic of Vietnam. That embargo, ordered by President Richard M....   [tags: History Economics Vietnam] 2034 words
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The Purpose of the Vietnam War - The Purpose of the Vietnam War The Vietnam War was the longest and most expensive war in American History. The toll we paid wasn't just financial, it cost the people involved greatly, physically and mentally. This war caused great distress and sadness, as well as national confusion. Everyone had that one burning question being why. Why were we even there. The other question being why did America withdrawal from Vietnam. The purpose of this paper is to answer these two burning questions, and perhaps add some clarity to the confusion American was experiencing....   [tags: Vietnam War US] 1217 words
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Music of the Vietnam Era - Music of the Vietnam Era The use of music to convey social commentary was certainly not unique to the Vietnam War. However, what made the music so significant was its versatility. It quickly captured and reflected public opinion as it developed, and offered expression regardless of race, gender, status or political orientation. As a result, there was no one song that captured the essence of the Vietnam War. Words about war have been put to music for generations, but usually in a positive manner....   [tags: History Music Vietnam] 1246 words
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Media Effects Of The Vietnam War - Media Effects of the Vietnam War War is truly a horrific event that unfortunately occurs in our world frequently. There are a variety of ethical questions surrounding war, such as how much should citizens know about the fighting. When it comes to reporting the news, it is the goal of the network to report the news first. The benefit to this is people will turn to them first when it comes to breaking stories. However if the news is delivered based on speed and not accuracy this can be harmful to society....   [tags: Media Vietnam War] 1447 words
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Vietnam - Weapons And Battle Tactics - Weapons of the Vietnam War In late 1961, America took physical force in the Vietnam War. War is a complex series of political events that leads to physical involvement in the form of armed combat. Technology is a major deciding factor in war, along with the battle tactics used, terrain, experience and professionalism of the opposing forces. By 1961 both the United States and Vietnam had developed a broad array of guns and weapons to fight off one another. Coupled with battle tactics this provides a deadly and extremely hostile environment....   [tags: Vietnam War Conflict] 1792 words
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Vietnam - Vietnam War The Vietnam War was truly one of the most uncommon wars ever fought. This conflict was so hostile and ironic, that the official beginning and end could never be identified, or pinpointed. Likewise, the enemies and the allies looked exactly alike. This turmoil made everyone in the war confused, because “anyone” could be a friend by day, and foe by night. Additionally, what made the war so difficult was the tactics used by many soldiers. These tactics were called “Guerrilla Warfare,” which consisted of the simple process of “hide, shoot, and run.” Surprisingly, this fighting technique matched the skills of many of the best-trained soldiers from the opposite side....   [tags: essays research papers] 583 words
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Vietnam - Vietnam Vietnam is 9000 miles away from the United States. Yet America felt that it was in it's best interest to protect the peace in south Asia and stop the spread of communism. Therefore, America thought that the establishment of the "Iron Curtain" of Europe must be stopped from happening in Asia. The communist take over of China, the Korean War and the communist victory over the French in Vietnam led many Americans to fear that the communists were taking over the world and America must dispatch force to stop their expansion....   [tags: Cold War, Foreign Policy, Politics] 323 words
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Vietnam - Vietnam The war-torn country of Vietnam is once again in the midst of a revolution. Only this war is not being fought with soldiers and tanks; rather, it is being fought and won with businessmen and free-trade. This new on-slot of foreign business in the formerly closed country have completely rejuvenated the Vietnamese economy. For the first time since the re-unification of Vietnam in 1976, the doors of the market place are opened to the outside world and Vietnam is aggressively taking a stance for further economic development....   [tags: Papers] 6956 words
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Vietnam - After thinking about all the things we would learn this year in American history I decided to do my project on the experiences of Vietnam War veterans. There is a lot of controversy as to whether or not the Vietnam War veterans are given enough recognition for what they went through. I have heard horrible stories of US soldiers dying from US bombs, shell shock, and soldiers returning to America and not being able to function as active members of society due to the horrors of the war. All I really know about the war is what I have seen on television....   [tags: essays research papers] 1315 words
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Vietnam - Vietnam (vê-èt¹näm¹), officially Socialist Republic of Vietnam, republic (1990 est. pop. 65,500,000), 128,401 sq mi (332,559 sq km), SE Asia, bordered by Cambodia and Laos (W), China (N), and the South China Sea (E, S). Major cities are HANOI (the capital) and HO CHI MINH CITY (formerly Saigon). The terrain is generally rugged; the two principal regions, the Red R. delta in the north and the Mekong R. delta in the south, are linked by a narrow, mountainous strip. Agriculture, primarily the growing of rice, is the basis of the economy, engaging more than 80% of the work force; Vietnam is a major rice exporter....   [tags: essays research papers] 537 words
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Vietnam - North Vietnam was battling for ownership of South Vietnam, so they could be a unified nation. To prevent the domino effect and further spread of communism, the USA troops in 1965 went into action against the Viet Cong until 1975. Not only did the Greatest superpower in the world get bested by a third world nation, but also lost many of it's young men to a meaningless war that they could have never won. To prevent the domino effect and, from America's point of view, stop the further spread of communism, the U.S....   [tags: essays research papers] 403 words
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Vietnam - Vietnam Introduction. Vietnam is a unique civilization with highly cultured people. It is a country filled with natural beauty, tranquil rural settings, and bustling urban centers. In this period of renovation, Vietnam is emerging as an economic powerhouse in South East Asia. From the bustling commercial center of Ho Chi Minh City to the gracious capital of Ha Noi, local business is flourishing and international companies are lining up to invest in new projects. The nation, strangled by years of war, is now flexing its muscles....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1683 words
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Vietnam - Vietnam Many believe that America's involvement in the Vietnam War was a disaster. The majority of the men and women fighting in the war had little or no idea why they were there in the first place. The staggering number of lives that was lost cannot and will not be overlooked. The importance of this war was decimated, and the actions of political leaders were scrutinized by there own people as well as other countries. One question that comes to mind when thinking about the Vietnam War is our reasoning for entering the war and what our enemies thought about America's intervention in the war....   [tags: Papers] 840 words
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Vietnam - The United States of America prides itself as the self proclaimed leader of the free world. Since the end of World War II the United States has chosen to use force in order to insure this so called "freedom" of other less fortunate nations who do not have the ability to defend themselves. According to the United States these infieor nations "freedom," has been in jeopardy since the beging of the cold war. Webster’s dictionary defines a democracy as a government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system....   [tags: essays research papers] 1824 words
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Vietnam - ... That is about 740,000 men. It took a lot of courage, patriotism, and bravery to accept the terms of the draft and serve in the military. This might have seemed like the only way for some men. Some men, in hope of avoiding deployment, voluntarily joined the Reserves or National Guard (Maxwell 37). Lois Romano, a newspaper editor for the Washington Post, illustrates George W. Bush served as Texas Air National Guard, which is thought of by many as an attempt to avoid deployment (A08). When these men left for war, over 8,000 miles from home, their family and friends must have been distraught (Vietnam-War.info)....   [tags: History, War, Military Service] 1594 words
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Vietnam - The country is approximately 331,688 square kilometers. The topography consists of hills and densely forested mountains, with level land covering no more than 20 percent. Mountains account for 40 percent, hills 40 percent, and forests 75 percent. The northern part of the country consists of highlands and the Red River Delta; the south is divided into coastal lowlands, Dai Truong Son (central mountains) with high plateaus, and the Mekong River Delta. The climate is tropical and monsoonal; humidity averages 84 percent throughout the year....   [tags: essays research papers] 1032 words
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Vietnam - The ICP was formed in Hong Kong in 1930 from the amalgamation of the Vietnamese and the nascent Lao and Khmer communist groups, and it received its instructions from the Moscow-based Communist International (Comintern). Communist Movement The Vietnamese communist movement began in Paris in 1920, when Ho Chi Minh, using the pseudonym Nguyen Ai Quoc, became a charter member of the French Communist Party. Two years later, Ho went to Moscow to study Marxist doctrine and then proceeded to Canton as a Comintern representative....   [tags: essays research papers] 1490 words
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Vietnam - Prior to the start of our study of the Vietnam Era, I thought that I knew quite a bit about the Vietnam War and the overall time period. But after listening to some guest speakers and reading Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, I discovered that I knew hardly anything, and that most of what I did know was pretty much insignificant. These past weeks were not only extremely educating, but it was also very interesting. I learned more than I ever thought I would, mostly through the people that know it best, those who lived through it....   [tags: essays research papers] 744 words
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Vietnam - The trials and tribulations the soldiers faced at home were far worse than any battle they fought while in Vietnam. No one seemed to fully understand what these men had went through. They came home looking for love and comfort; little did they know that they had not yet experienced the worst of the war. A numerous amount of people were for the war, but the reality was, many were against it. " During 1967 public support for the war dropped sharply. By October approval of Johnson’s handling of the war dropped to 28%....   [tags: essays research papers] 1123 words
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America's Involvement in the Vietnam War - America's Involvement in the Vietnam War Vietnam is a time in American history that most of us would like to forget, but really, we must learn from it. Vietnam is a time where we didn't look at the whole picture, it was 'perceived through the lens of Cold War politics.' (MP:420) With the new ?domino theory,. Americans feared for their safety and the safety of the 'free world.' If they didn't step in, they would inevitably lose the world to communism. Many Americans believed our involvement in Vietnam began around 1965?the beginning of combat with American boys....   [tags: Vietnam War American History Essays] 799 words
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Vietnam War -Students Vs Politics - Missing Works Cited I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded... I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed... I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war. - Dwight D Eisenhower Over the years history is marked with death and destruction in many forms. The 1960’s marked an era of change and social revolution for many in the U.S... It was during this time that the Civil Rights Movement was in full force, American Scientist were able to put the first man on the moon, and our world was still grieving over the brutal assassinations of both Dr....   [tags: Vietnam Conflict] 1067 words
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The Destructive Effects of the Vietnam War - The Destructive Effects of the Vietnam War The destructive effects of the US war in Vietnam encompass not only a body count, but also the festering intellectual wound of a war that could not be satisfactorily explained away. The battles of Vietnam, in particular, seemed an affront to conventional understandings of ‘American culture’, military power, the limits of technology, the very possibility to control, and the causes of wartime atrocity. This deeply unsettling part of the Vietnam experiences the US endured revolve, at least to a degree, around the division between the inside and outside....   [tags: Vietnam War American History Essays]
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JFK and the Vietnam War - JOHN F. KENNEDY IN VIETNAM There are many critical questions surrounding United States involvement in Vietnam. American entry to Vietnam was a series of many choices made by five successive presidents during these years of 1945-1975. The policies of John F. Kennedy during the years of 1961-1963 were ones of military action, diplomacy, and liberalism. Each of his decision was on its merits at the time the decision was made. The belief that Vietnam was a test of the Americas ability to defeat communists in Vietnam lay at the center of Kennedy¡¦s policy....   [tags: American History John F. Kennedy Vietnam War] 1800 words
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Withdrawing Forces from Vietnam - Withdrawing Forces from Vietnam “I’ve always said, if you don’t go in to win, don’t go in at all…Either you conduct the conflict with all the assets the United States has at its disposal to bring about a quick and successful outcome or you stay out.” -Alexander M. Haig JR. The War That Couldn’t Be Won. By withdrawing its forces from Vietnam in 1973 did the United States admit defeat. This is an argument that historians and observers have been having for years. Before answering that question however, we must first understand if we ever really had a chance to win the war....   [tags: Vietnam War American History Military Essays] 1514 words
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The Vietnam War and Agent Orange - The Vietnam War was between Capitalist United states and Communist North Vietnamese; the war began in 1964 and ended in 1975. The US joined the war to stop the spreading of communism. The US came up with the domino theory which was if Vietnam turned communist the surrounding countries would all fall to communism too. The war suffered around 2.3million casualties and was very significant in the long term and the short term. Some of the wars key events were; in 1960 when the Vietcong was formed, 1963 when Diem was overthrown, 1965 Operation rolling thunder begun, 1969 Ho Chi Minh died and in 1963 the cease-fire agreement was signed in Paris and the troops leave Vietnam....   [tags: Vietnam War, Agent Orange, USA, chemmical warfare,] 1530 words
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Soldier's Personal Narratives of the Vietnam War and The Vietnam War and the Tragedy of Containment - Soldier's Personal Narratives of the Vietnam War and The Vietnam War and the Tragedy of Containment After reading the Soldier's Personal Narratives of the Vietnam War and The Vietnam War and the Tragedy of Containment, both information did not contradict each other. What both information actually do is that they compliment each other. When reading The Vietnam War and the Tragedy of Containment, we are reading a historical analysis from a historian's point of view. But not all of the analysis can really give the readers a sense of what the war is really like....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays] 1080 words
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The Vietnam War Was A Defining Point In History - During 1968 the Vietnam War was a defining moment in American history, in that due to the Tet Offensive, American morale concerning the war and President Johnson decreased, mistrust in the government increased, and the end of the Vietnam War seemed nearer. This year was truly a turning point in American history; the three listed examples are only a few reasons why. The Vietnam War in general changed the history of America, but the year,1968, especially affected the American society. During this time, fear and suspicion were prevalent due to the decisions of the government, and battles occurring in Vietnam....   [tags: History Vietnam Cold War] 960 words
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Vietnam: A Universe of Death - Vietnam: A Universe of Death It was the least I could do. Compared to everyone else, I'd been either incredibly lucky or incredibly unlucky that day. Today, many years later, I'm still trying to decide which. I only know that on that day—December 4, 1967—I felt I had to do something to redeem myself. So when the Company Gunny came up on the radio and said that someone had to go identify the body, I volunteered. A half hour later the Gunny and I were in his jeep out on Highway 9 (just a dirt road really) heading toward Dong Ha and Charlie Med....   [tags: Personal Narratives Vietnam War Army Essays] 3007 words
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Maya Lin Vietnam War Memorial - Although controversial in its inception, Maya Lin's Vietnam War Memorial adequately fulfills the vision of Jan Scruggs, who returned home wounded from the conflict in Southeast Asia at the age of 19, for a monument to his fallen comrades in arms that would "provide a symbol of acknowledgement of the courage, sacrifice, and devotion to duty of those who were among the nation's finest youth."1 Lin's work, unlike most previous military monuments, rejects the emphasis on heroics in favor of a poignant, contemplative, apolitical design which conveys an almost unbearable sense of loss....   [tags: Vietnam War Memorial] 1505 words
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PostTraumatic Stress Disorder and Vietnam Veterans - PostTraumatic Stress Disorder and Vietnam Veterans Missing Works Cited The power of the human brain is a mystery of science. For example, while certain parts of the brain are well known to control certain bodily functions, the brain's memory capacity is just now being discovered. Scientists believe that only a small fraction of the brain is actually used, and its potential power is much greater than one may expect or believe. Its ability to view and store information is still not totally understood by scientists today....   [tags: Vietnam War PTSD Papers] 1338 words
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Reasons For The United States Involvement In The Vietnam War - The United States became increasingly involved with the War in Vietnam mostly thanks to their enmity with Russia due to the fact they were Communist, and how the USSR spread claiming countries that could’ve been turned democratic and become trading partners of the US. While Russia, Britain and the USA were all allies in WW1, they disagreed on many things, especially on how Germany should be punished and how should Europe be handled. THE USSR AND THE USA. During 1940-1970, the USSR and the USA were the world’s leading superpowers....   [tags: Vietnam War] 1102 words
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“The Vietnam War was significant in the short term but not in the long term. - The Vietnam War was a war between the Capitalist United States and the Communist North Vietnamese army. This war started in 1964 and it ended in 1975, when the US withdrew its soldiers. The US joined the war to stop the spreading of Communism, because they didn’'t want Russia to gain more allies, as they had been in a cold war with them for years. In my opinion, an event is significant if it is still remembered today, meaning that it is used in films, written about in books, and when people watch these films or read books, it could raise issues in their mind which also makes an event significant....   [tags: Vietnam Conflict] 2350 words
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Fear of Communism Caused the Vietnam War - The Vietnam war has been referred to by many names, one of the longer ones was 'the cornerstone of the free world southeast Asia'. It was called that by John F. Kennedy. He was talking about Vietnam being and essential country in a non-communist world. He believed that if Vietnam became a communist country, all of the surrounding countries would also become communists. This is the main reason America was involved in the Vietnam war. Another reason was that America wanted to spread their “political ideas around the globe”....   [tags: Vietnam war, communism, military, history,] 1616 words
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The Vietnam War's Effects on American Society - The Vietnam War's Effects on American Society Abstract The Vietnam War had a profound effect on American society. It changed the way we viewed our government, the media, and our Constitutional rights. Because of this shift in perspective, the country was torn apart and yet still came together in new and different ways. The Vietnam War's contraversiality spurred a great many sources of protest, against our government's use of power, how far we could stretch the rights of free expression, and primarily against the violence of the war itself....   [tags: Vietnam War History Society Essays]
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