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What we will learn today What we will learn today: Why was there a problem in Vietnam? Why did the USA get involved? The location of Vietnam Why was there a problem in Vietnam? Before World War II, Vietnam was a French colony. During the war, Vietnam had been occupied by the Japanese.

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What we will learn today

  • What we will learn today:
  • Why was there a problem in Vietnam?
  • Why did the USA get involved?
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Why was there a problem in Vietnam?

Before World War II, Vietnam was a French colony. During the war, Vietnam had been occupied by the Japanese.

The Vietminh, led by Ho Chi Minh, had been fighting for independence. During World War II, they led resistance against the Japanese.

In 1954, the French were defeated at Dien Bien Phu and withdrew.

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The Geneva Conference temporarily divided Vietnam along the 17th parallel.

North Vietnam(Communist)

South Vietnam(Capitalist)

Ho Chi Minh set up a communist government.

A supposedly democratic government was set up, supported by the USA

Elections were meant to be held in South Vietnam in 1956.

The leader of South Vietnam, Diem, refused to hold elections.

Ho Chi Minh wanted to control all of Vietnam. Communist supporters in the south formed the Vietcong to fight Diem.

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Civil War

North Vietnam(Communist)

  • North Vietnam was larger and more populous and had the support of the Soviets.
  • The USA in particular was frightened that South Vietnam would be taken over by communism, so decided to get involved.

TASK:

Consider why the USA got involved in Vietnam.

South Vietnam(Capitalist)