(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

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1955-56, Land reform in North Việt Nam reaches its most radical phase as landlords go before "people's tribunals." Meanwhile, in July 1955, Hồ Chí Minh visits Moscow and accepts aid from the Soviet Union, having earlier negotiated in Beijing for…

On 21 July 1954, the Geneva Agreements end the First Indochina War, temporarily dividing Việt Nam along the 17th parallel into two zones for the two rival military forces: the pro-democracy forces in the south and the Communist Việt Minh in the…

On 5 May 1954, the Việt Minh, the Communist forces led by Hồ Chí Minh, hand French troops their worse defeat at Điện Biên Phủ, completely demoralizing the French troops in Việt Nam and the French politicians and diplomats.

The First Indochina War breaks out all over Việt Nam between the French and Vietnamese, including both non-Communist and Communist forces.
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