Rise Of Ngo Dinh Diem

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Many powerful figures from all over the world played a significant part in the Vietnam war. Probably one of the most noteworthy figures during the years 1954-1963 was Ngo Dinh Diem. During the time, the United States feared that countries such as Russia would spread communist ideas to other smaller and less powerful countries and they wanted to spread democracy into the eastern world. The rise of Diem occurred shortly after 1954 after the French were finally defeated. Viet Minh leaders believed that Vietnam would gain full independence. However, shortly thereafter, the Geneva Accords were signed, which split the country North and South. Because of his credentials as a nationalist and as an anti-Communist, the U.S. believed Diem to be the top candidate to lead the South Vietnam into democracy and he was installed as prime minister under Bao Dai.…show more content…
Some of these events and policies included the Buddhist Crisis, land reform measures, and political repression. It wasn’t until the end of 1963 when Diem was overthrown by a coup, which was led by Vietnamese generals. Because of Diem’s cruel personality, he became very unpopular. This was also the case because of his Strategic Hamlets policies, which the citizens of Southern Vietnam did not like. Another event that increased his unpopularity was the Buddhist Crisis. This crisis started because of Diem’s pro-Catholic policies and the fact that the United States agreed to an army coup when they no longer agreed with Diem’s methods. After the downfall of the Diem regime, there was a period of political instability as well as the involvement of the United
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