Evaluate the effectiveness of Diem's regime politically, economically and socially

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Evaluate the effectiveness of Diem’s regime politically, economically and socially

Ngo Dinh Diem previously unknown in government became president on 7th July 1954. He was a catholic president controlling a population whose faith was a blend of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Prior to the conclusion of Geneva conference, France was the autocratic empire of Vietnam previously dictating Vietnam’s cultural and political ideals. When France ceased to rule soon after the Geneva conference of 1954, America came in to help stop the spread of communism introducing President Diem, a strong catholic and anti-communist who was there to integrate US ideals such as democracy, civil rights and a representative government. South Vietnam soon became hit with these principles yet people did not know how to correspond to such a new way of life. This was one of the first problems Diem had to face when weighing up his attributes as president of South Vietnam.

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Diem, an authentic nationalist, ran the south with brutal and ruthless tyranny. Diem was expected by America to rule South Vietnam as an inspired 20th Century leader and because so did not gain much support by the local people. In attempt to satisfy everyone, being Americas and Vietnam’s values and expectations, Diem achieved very little. Socially he spread dissatisfaction among the general population by only focusing and favouring the minority group of Christians. He repressed other religions making them gain permission to practise which bred discontent by the alienated non catholic groups causing major public protests of self-immolation (suicide, setting themselves ...

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