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By Vivienne Sanders

The 3rd version of this best-selling identify has been revised and up to date to mirror the wishes of the present requisites and gives a radical and lucid account of America's involvement in Vietnam in the course of the interval 1945-75. It starts off with an creation to the occasions that ended in France's withdrawal from Vietnam and US help of Diem's executive and is going directly to research how the clash escalated and the us grew to become absolutely concerned. The publication additionally appears on the strain for peace at the US domestic entrance and the way this had an influence at the eventual withdrawal and fallout from the conflict. The position of key figures within the clash, either American presidents and Vietnamese leaders, is analysed all through. in the course of the booklet, key dates, phrases and concerns are highlighted, and old interpretations of key debates are defined. precis diagrams are incorporated to consolidate wisdom and figuring out of the interval, and exam-style questions and assistance for every exam board give you the chance to strengthen examination talents.

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That defeat would ensure that the French government and people were finally ready to give up and get out of Indochina. Summary diagram: Dienbienphu – the debate over American intervention Arguments for and against US intervention at Dienbienphu For Against Eisenhower had continued to invest money/honour in Vietnam US could get out and say, ‘The French lost it’ Communism had to be stopped – and Eisenhower had talked of ‘rollback’ and ‘dominoes’ Losing a small country full of peasants to Communism would not greatly affect the balance of power Only just out of unpopular Korean War Good to let French soldiers do the fighting against Communism The French were ‘hopeless’ Few conventional forces (‘new look’) Congress and Britain said ‘No’ France’s help needed in NATO – have to support France in Vietnam Impossible to win in Vietnam with French imperialists Might lead to World War Three with China 3 | The Geneva Conference on Indochina, 1954 a) Reasons for the International Conference at Geneva in 1954 While the French and Vietminh battled at Dienbienphu, an international conference was called to discuss Indochina.

That defeat would ensure that the French government and people were finally ready to give up and get out of Indochina. Summary diagram: Dienbienphu – the debate over American intervention Arguments for and against US intervention at Dienbienphu For Against Eisenhower had continued to invest money/honour in Vietnam US could get out and say, ‘The French lost it’ Communism had to be stopped – and Eisenhower had talked of ‘rollback’ and ‘dominoes’ Losing a small country full of peasants to Communism would not greatly affect the balance of power Only just out of unpopular Korean War Good to let French soldiers do the fighting against Communism The French were ‘hopeless’ Few conventional forces (‘new look’) Congress and Britain said ‘No’ France’s help needed in NATO – have to support France in Vietnam Impossible to win in Vietnam with French imperialists Might lead to World War Three with China 3 | The Geneva Conference on Indochina, 1954 a) Reasons for the International Conference at Geneva in 1954 While the French and Vietminh battled at Dienbienphu, an international conference was called to discuss Indochina.

Neither the northern nor the southern Vietnamese were to make any military alliances with foreign powers, nor were they to allow foreign military bases in their territories. The French would remain in the south only in order to help prepare for the elections in 1956. Key question Eisenhower and Two Vietnams | 37 Redrawing the map at the Geneva Conference (1954). N CHINA Dienbienphu Hanoi NORTH VIETNAM (pop. 14 million) LAOS 17th parallel South China Sea CAMBODIA SOUTH VIETNAM (pop. 11 million) Saigon 0 100 200 km These cities were to become capital cities French Indochina consisted of what Americans would come to know as Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

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