Ho Chi Minh Analysis

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In this essay I will be discussing how Ho Chi Minh sense of nationalism was the driving force in ending French rule in his country. By tracing Ho Chi Minh’s life it becomes rather obvious that his endeavors would result in a strong sense of nationalism for his country that had long been exploited by French rule. Following his travels throughout the world Minh found that the West had no interest in a free a Vietnam, so Minh was forced to turn to the Communist for help. By working with the communist, Minh was ultimately able to free the Vietnamese people from French rule. The paper argues that Ho Chi Minh’s strong sense of nationalism for his home country far outweighed his allegiance to the communist party.
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Ho Chi Minh’s father, Nguyen Sinh Huy, was a teacher and aspiring politician. Minh’s father refused to learn French despite it being required by the ruling French government. Because of Minh’s father’s reluctance to adhere to French rule, Nguyen Sinh Huy was unable to teach in French run schools. Nguyen Sinh Huy instead traveled around Vietnam offering peasants his services. Nguyen wrote letters for poor peasants and provided basic medical care for people in need. Nguyen’s work brought him into contact with the very poor of Vietnam’s society. Nguyen’s work in Vietnam also allowed him to witness the contrast in lifestyles faced by the poor peasants and the French elite who governed Vietnam. Minh’s father became a nationalist questioning the French’s rights to control Vietnam due to seeing such injustice first hand. Ho Chi Minh’s fathers’ stories gave Minh a glimpse of the poor conditions that were being faced by the people of his country at the hand of the French. Nguyen brought his children up to be nationalist. By the time Ho Chi Minh was a teen he had bought into his father’s nationalistic ideals. Ho Chi Minh believed that the people of Vietnam had the right to govern itself without the intervention of colonial…show more content…
The Vietminh did not accept that Vietnam should be divided. Ho Chi Minh had believed that the people of Vietnam wanted a communist government. Minh declared that he had authority over the whole state and he encouraged the Vietminh resistance movement in the south. When the United States stepped in Ho ordered that the Vietminh in the South should be supplied with arms by the North. In 1965, Ho sent in regular North Vietnamese troops to help the Vietminh when the United States sent military troops in. While Ho Chi Minh was a Communist, it should be noted that he was a true Nationalist and wanted nothing more than independence for his homeland. Although Ho Chi Minh died 1969 before his country could be unified. Ho Chi Minh’s legacy as a nationalist was honored by the country when Saigon fell and was renamed Ho Chi Minh
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