Ch 1: Roots of the Vietnam War

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Watch online video lessons that can help you understand the historical context and roots of the Vietnam War, including key events and players. These easy-to-follow lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Roots of the Vietnam War - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The Vietnam War, which is sometimes referred to as the Second Indochina War, was a protracted conflict that began in 1956 and ended in 1975. It served as an example of proxy warfare, through which opposing countries use third-party nations to engage in indirect confrontation, which in this case included China and the United States. In this chapter, you'll learn about the 20th-century events that precipitated the war, including those that occurred both before and after World Wars I and II.

Through a series of engaging videos, you'll have the opportunity to visit the former French colony and find out about the First Indochina War. You'll also become acquainted with the communist leader, Ho Chi Minh, and follow along with Vietnam's struggle for independence. Additional topics President Truman's containment policies and U.S. efforts to control the spread of Communism.

When you've finished watching the videos, you should understand:

  • The roots of the Vietnam War within the context of Indochinese history
  • The role of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam's struggle for independence
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt's trusteeship policy
  • President Harry S. Truman's containment policies
  • The First Indochina War, including significant battles
  • The results of the Geneva Conference

Indochina from 1900 to 1945Describe the events that took place in Indochina during the first half of the 20th century, including French rule and the Japanese coup of 1945.
Ho Chi Minh and the Viet MinhDiscuss the ascendance of Ho Chi Minh and the 'League for Independence.'
Roosevelt, Truman and IndochinaDemonstrate your understanding of Roosevelt's 'trusteeship,' Truman's containment policies and how Truman's actions led to the beginning of American involvement in Indochina.
First Indochina War: 1946-1954Revisit and discuss the First Indochina War, including the Battle of Dien Bien Phu and the ceasefire agreements signed at the Geneva Conference.

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