Aftermath of the Vietnam War Flashcards

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Chinese involvement in the Cambodian-Vietnamese War
In 1979, following Vietnam's invasion of Cambodia, China launched a half-hearted invasion of its own against Vietnam, seeking mainly to challenge its operations in the region.
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The invasion of Cambodia
Carried out by Vietnam in 1978 in an attempt to hoist Cambodia's leadership. Vietnamese forces would remain in the nation until their withdrawal in 1989.
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Vietnamese casualties of the Vietnam War
Conservative estimates place the toll at 2 million. The majority of these are believed to have been civilian.
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Physical damages of the Vietnam War in North Vietnam
Out of 30 regional capitals, roughly 29 were severely damaged from the bombings of the Vietnam War.
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Postwar U.S. economy
After the Vietnam War, U.S. tax rates were not increased to offset the approximate $170 billion spent during the war, which led to a major economic downturn that endured throughout the 1970s.
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Vietnam Syndrome
This refers to a U.S. unwillingness to engage in international conflict when victory is not certain. This phenomenon emerged after a shocking defeat in the Vietnam War.
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U.S. casualties in the Vietnam War
Casualties among U.S. forces in the Vietnam War included 58,000 deaths, coupled with thousands of injuries and cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans.
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Southeast Asian refugees
Between 1975 and 1995, in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, roughly 3 million refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos fled their homelands in search of a new life.
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Agent Orange
A chemical herbicide known to cause birth defects and serious diseases. The U.S. released this on Vietnam to destroy its vegetation during the Vietnam War.
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Unexploded ordnance
Refers to the explosives in Vietnam that failed to detonate on impact and which continue to cause casualties in the present day
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In the following set of flashcards, you'll learn about the aftermath of the Vietnam War in a variety of domains. Among the topics covered are the casualties of war, the Southeast Asian refugee crisis, the rise of communism, and the re-emergence of conflict in Southeast Asia. Additionally, quiz yourself on international relations, postwar economies, Vietnam Syndrome, and the plight of U.S. veterans.

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Unexploded ordnance
Refers to the explosives in Vietnam that failed to detonate on impact and which continue to cause casualties in the present day
Agent Orange
A chemical herbicide known to cause birth defects and serious diseases. The U.S. released this on Vietnam to destroy its vegetation during the Vietnam War.
Southeast Asian refugees
Between 1975 and 1995, in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, roughly 3 million refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos fled their homelands in search of a new life.
U.S. casualties in the Vietnam War
Casualties among U.S. forces in the Vietnam War included 58,000 deaths, coupled with thousands of injuries and cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans.
Vietnam Syndrome
This refers to a U.S. unwillingness to engage in international conflict when victory is not certain. This phenomenon emerged after a shocking defeat in the Vietnam War.
Postwar U.S. economy
After the Vietnam War, U.S. tax rates were not increased to offset the approximate $170 billion spent during the war, which led to a major economic downturn that endured throughout the 1970s.
Physical damages of the Vietnam War in North Vietnam
Out of 30 regional capitals, roughly 29 were severely damaged from the bombings of the Vietnam War.
Vietnamese casualties of the Vietnam War
Conservative estimates place the toll at 2 million. The majority of these are believed to have been civilian.
The invasion of Cambodia
Carried out by Vietnam in 1978 in an attempt to hoist Cambodia's leadership. Vietnamese forces would remain in the nation until their withdrawal in 1989.
Chinese involvement in the Cambodian-Vietnamese War
In 1979, following Vietnam's invasion of Cambodia, China launched a half-hearted invasion of its own against Vietnam, seeking mainly to challenge its operations in the region.
Post-Vietnam War spread of communism
Following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, Vietnam itself was reunified under a communist government. Likewise, a communist government rose to power in neighboring Cambodia.
Postwar Vietnamese-Chinese relations
Following the Third Indochina War, relations between Vietnam and China deteriorated, mainly due to China's invasion of Vietnam. These soured relations remain to the present.
Foreign influence on U.S.-Vietnamese relations
China's emergence as an economic and military superpower contributed to the improved U.S.-Vietnamese relations, which began in the mid-1990s.
Amelioration of U.S.-Vietnamese relations
Began in 1995 as a result of Vietnam's withdrawal from Cambodia and its cooperation in returning all dead or captured U.S. servicemen and women
Criticisms of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
During the early 1980s, right-wing politicians said this memorial's design was ineffective and failed to honor fallen soldiers.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
A monument that bears the names of the approximate 58,000 U.S. soldiers who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. It was constructed in 1982 in Washington, D.C.
Three Servicemen
Constructed next to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, this sculpture honors, in a more traditional fashion, the fallen U.S. soldiers of the Vietnam War.
Threat of communism in America after the Vietnam War
Left-leaning U.S. politicians began to question not only America's role in fighting international communism, but they also questioned the threat of communism spreading domestically
Plight of U.S. Vietnam War veterans
Upon their return home following the Vietnam War, U.S. veterans were treated poorly, partly as a result of an aggressive anti-war movement.
Factors that assisted in relieving Vietnam Syndrome
Construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, scholarly publications about the War, and the creation of films depicting the Vietnam War

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