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How significant was the domino theory as a reason for the U.S involvement in the conflict in Vietnam?

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´╗┐History Controlled assessment on Vietnam The defeat of the French is a key point that led to increased US involvement in the problems in Vietnam. After the defeat of the French the country split in to two, the North being communist and the south being the opposite. The north which the leader of the time was Ho Chi Minh wanted to take over the south. America did not want this to occur because it would cause the domino theory to take action which directly links to countries that are in American interest. The Americans began to fear that communism was about to spread its way across South East Asia when in 1949 China became a communist country under the leadership of Mao Zedong, and when he started to provide the Vietminh with essential military supplies (2). ...read more.


A second reason to show that the significance of the Domino Theory was a reason for the US involvement, is that during the 1950s US involvement began to grow in Vietnam. A small team of US military advisers was sent out in 1954 to help ?prepare? for the 1956 elections in Vietnam (3). This suggests that America feared the spread of communism in Vietnam and they were keen to prevent Ho Chi Minh from bringing communism rule to Vietnam. A third reason is that the fighting between the Vietcong and the South Vietnamese forces intensified through 1963. American military leaders began to clamour for increased involvement in Vietnam. Under Lyndon Johnson?s administration, the U.S. would now openly send combat troops into Vietnam for the first time (4). ...read more.


(5). This explains that the US wanted to help Vietnam as much as they can so it doesn?t turn into a communist country as this would be a great problem for America. The Domino Theory was significant in the Vietnam War because it gave a reason for America to send troops into Vietnam to help contain communism. In conclusion, the reasons mentioned above signify the domino theory as a reason for the U.S involvement in Vietnam. The increasing involvement had escalated into a war, which started from the fear of Domino Theory occurring (6). They wanted to send a message to other countries that even though small Vietnam had just defeated a major power (France) communism was not the answer to all of their problems and the USA would not tolerate it (7). ...read more.

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