Containing of Communism

Did it work?

Communism. In relation to Mao Zedong.

What is communism? Communism is a government/economic system that promotes a classes society based on common ownership of products and property. How does this relate to Mao Zedong, well as a child he was influenced by ideas such as Marxism or Communism. He also studied it and thought that everyone being equal was a great idea. He is the 'founder' of Communism since he put it into action deciding that the future of China shall be Communist. He was the leader of the communist red army, leader of China Communist Party, and founder of the People's Republic of China.
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Tianananmen Square

This was a massacre, a time where the people of China stood up and showed their thought about communist China. The people gathered around this square to protest against the government. Many were killed.

The Korean War and US involvement.

Korea, has a border at the 38th parallel. Why, The north is communist and the south is democratic. On June 25, 1850 North Korea invades South Korea over six routs by General Chai Ung Chia's Communist division. The United States and United Nations sided with South Korea. The United States got involved because of the domino theory they feared. The domino theory was the belief that if one nation fell to communist then others nearby would fall also.

This war was also known as the Seesaw war because the land that was gained was taken back over by the other side. The U.N and U.S gained a lot of land going as far as the Chinese border. One thing they didn't see coming was China helping North Korea, which they did and on January 4, 1951 the Chinese captured Seoul. By March the U.N retook Seoul. This war ended in a stalemate with neither side gaining much land and in 1953 an agreement to stop fighting was declared, an armistice. The 38th parallel still remains and about 38000 U.S soldiers provide a defense force against invasion from the militant North Koreans. South Korea became a prosperous country that embraced democratic ideas and North Korea remains communist and has suffered many economic problems. Economic problems include about 3 million people dying from starvation in the second half of the 1900s.

The Vietnam War + U.S Involvement

Vietnam has defended France and an international peace conference was held in Geneva. It was agreed that Vietnam would be dived at the 17th parallel. In the North Vietnam Ho Chi Minh ran the government with his communist forces and in the south President Ngo Dinh Diem was in control of the non-communist government. The United States and its allies supported South Vietnam. This was a civil war that involved the North Vietnamese Communists and the South Viet Cong fighting against the others in South Vietnam. The domino theory was also a part in this, President Eisenhower felt that the presence of the United States was needed to prevent communist from overtaking Vietnam. Guerrillas used hit-and-run tactics when fighting and since the Communist kept gaining power throughout Vietnam the U.S increased its presence. In 1964 the North Vietnamese is said to have attacked U.S navy ships so as a result of the Gulf of Tonkin incident President Lyndon Johnson received support from U.S congress. The U.S didn't fair too well in this war. The United States were defeated by the lesser power even with their advanced equipment. The U.S involvement in this war lasted through the terms of four presidents-Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon. The down side to U.S was that the American people didn't want to be involved in this war, they just wanted their soldiers to come home since there was a large number of United States draft of males into the armed forces. When the war ended in 1975 Spoth Vietnam surrendered before the North Vietnam army captured Saigon. North Vietnam united with South Vietnam to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1976. Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City in honor of the former president of North Vietnam and Hanoi became the countries capital. Vietnam does in fact remain communist to this day.

Ho CHi Minh

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Did Containment of Communism Work?

I think containment of communism did work. If you look at the spread of communism sit spread all the way to Cuba, Africa, and Europe. There used to be 23 but now there are only 5 communist countries. For example Korea, South and North Korea are still separate and The communist was contained within North Korea.