(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

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As war between France and Vietnam escalates, the Viet Minh’s People’s Army of Vietnam invades the northeastern part of the French Protectorate of Laos on 12 April 1953. This provides the opportunity for the Pathet Lao to establish a "resistance…

Norodom Sihanouk becomes prime minister of Cambodia on 15 September 1955 after his political organization, Sangkum, wins 83% of the votes in a national election.

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

To fight against Communist groups in Laos and Vietnam, CIA operatives begin clandestine activities in Laos in 1953, and eventually form alliances with the Hmong, who are led by Major General Vang Pao (Royal Lao Army). Such covert war-making, known…

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…

In 1956-1957, Ngô Đinh Diệm uses emergency powers to crackdown on Việt Minh suspects and other dissidents in South Việt Nam. Meanwhile, Communist insurgent activity in South Việt Nam begins, with the decision to organize thirty-seven armed…

Facing domestic opposition from the Democratic Party, Norodom Sihanouk abdicates on 2 March 1955.

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 22 October 1953, the Franco-Lao Treaty of Amity and Association was signed, recognizing Laos as a fully independent and sovereign state under the control of the Royal Lao government.

The French assembly passes the Elysée Agreement on 29 January 1950, granting limited autonomy to the Associated States of Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia) within the French Union.
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