• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Vietnam War - causes and effects.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

´╗┐The history behind the Vietnam War started back when France governed this small country, during the 1890s Vietnam became a colony of France. The French hung onto Vietnam until World War II. At this time World War II occupied much of the forces for the French. The French basically deserted the Vietnamese people leaving them to govern on their own. When the war ended with the Japanese, being defeated in 1945. The French returned to Vietnam ready to control them again but, to their surprise the Vietnamese people refused to let them. As a result of this, tension grew and the Indochina War began in 1946. The French wasted no time in bombing cities. The city hit hardest was Haiphong, killing around six thousand Vietnamese people and civilians. Unprepared for this type of war the Vietnamese soldiers scattered into the jungle becoming guerrilla fighters. Waging guerrilla warfare, small, secret military bands lived and worked in the countryside. The Effect of the Vietnam War on Movies What has been the outcome of movies from the war in Vietnam? ...read more.

Middle

It defined an era of American history that most rank with the depression as one of this nation?s most traumatic events.(Warren, 1990) The Vietnam War, to me, is one of the most interesting wars in American history. It was once said, ?it is like a shroud of a mystery wrapped inside an enigma.?(unknown) Vietnam, Red China, and the spread of communism brought fear into the homes of many Americans, due to Red China and Russia tightening their strong hold on Indochina. The frequent media coverage on the poor South Vietnamese people suffering under communist rule aroused both fear and anger in America The Vietnam War, the nation's longest, cost fifty-eight thousand American lives. Only the Civil War and the two world wars were deadlier for Americans. During the decade of direct U.S. military participation in Vietnam beginning in 1964, the U.S Treasury spent over $140 billion on the war, enough money to fund urban renewal projects in every major American city. Despite these enormous costs and their accompanying public and private trauma for the American people, the United States failed, for the first time in its history, to achieve its stated war aims. ...read more.

Conclusion

The Vietnam War 1965-1975 The Vietnam War has sparked controversy for over five decades. I never knew enough about the war to have an opinion on it, but after I finished my research I came to the conclusion that much of this war was senseless and irresponsible. In the beginning the United States feared that Communism from foreign entities would trickle in the U.S. if given the chance. So when Viet Minh began a series of attacks on the French colonials in Vietnam, President Harry Truman authorized 15 million dollars in military aid to the French. Between 1965 and 1975, the American government dug themselves deeper and deeper into the war. America?s stand point focused on winning the war and proving that we went into this fight for a just cause rather than keeping out the Communists. With the growing popularity of the media and yellow journalism, the American people had a front row seat of what was occurring in the country that few knew much about. Many Americans initially were scared of the ?Domino Effect? of communism and in turn supported the war, but after the secrets, the thousands of soldiers and innocent people being killed their eyes were opened to the harsh realities that war brought forward. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Vietnam 1954-1975 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Vietnam 1954-1975 essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Explain why the US withdrew its forces from the Vietnam War in 1973

    4 star(s)

    The lack of skill and tactics used by the US army was taken advantage of by Ho Chi Minh, who devised ways of alluding and fighting the US forces' heavy handed techniques. However, unlike Korea and World War 2, there were no secure places for troops to rest and relax, wherever they went, they risked being attacked.

  2. American reactions to the vietnam war

    reacted to the war, however other areas of the representation lack sufficient detail, for example the author only briefly mentions how the police collaborated with the construction workers. However it does provide broad coverage as it mentions the different reactions to the demonstration, including a major American newspaper.

  1. Why are there different views about the influence of media on the course of ...

    I can infer from this point that the author of the source, Daniel Ford, thought that media did have a big influence on the course of the war as he thought it strongly influenced the publics view. I need to consider if the mass anti war attitude of the public

  2. Vietnam War

    As the years in war kept extending the anti-war movement have more supporter to them.

  1. Explain why the United States became increasingly involved in the war in Vietnam

    villagers from their settlements because they were passing information and allowing Vietcong (VC) fighters to stay there was absurd - this policy would never encourage the peasants to stop communing with the VC. This in turn, meant that the villagers (who were now spreading communism because of their relocation)

  2. The Vietnam War.

    Roughly one thousand years before, Vietnam had first won independence from China after centuries of foreign rule. Ho himself had been involved in independence struggles for most of his life. In the early 1930s, his Indochinese Communist Party (ICP) had unsuccessfully rebelled against French rule.

  1. question two vietnam

    because the troops had risked their lives fighting in that war and should have been treated with respect not treated as lepers. The human cost of the war also had a great impact on the American people, 58,000 soldiers lost there lives and 153,000 were severely injured.

  2. I think that the four most significant themes in the Vietnam War were protest ...

    that the credibility gap had long term significance as people in the year 2000 are still talking about its affects on America. Overall I think war journalism in Vietnam had long, short and international significance therefore it is defiantly one of the most important themes which should be included in the TV series.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work