Causes Of The Vietnam War

Mayra Rivera

The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War took place in Southeast Asia in a country called Vietnam. This war lasted for 20 years from November 1, 1955, to April 30, 1975. After Vietnam gained its independence from France in the year 1954 it decided to split into two parts. The leader of North Vietnam was Ho Chi Minh and he led a communist government. In South Vietnam, they had a non-communist government led by Ngo Dinh Diem.The United States does not like communist governments so they will do anything to stop it from spreading. According to Vietnam was suppose to become one country, ruled by one government, in the year 1956. The U.S and South Vietnam did not let that happen because Vietnam's new government would have been communist. talked about South Vietnam's government. It said, "Their government was corrupt and brutal, but it was also backed by America" (The History Learning Site). This affected Vietnamese because they were the ones being mistreated and the ones surrounded by war.

How did splitting Vietnam into two cause the Vietnam War?

Splitting Vietnam into two was a bad idea to start with. North Vietnam had a communist leader named Ho ChiMinh. South Vietnam had a dictator named Ngo Dinh Diem. According to, North and South Vietnam were to become one in the year 1956, but that did not happen. The U.S and South Vietnam prevented Vietnam to become one nation because Ho Chi Minh would have become the new government of Vietnam. said that South Vietnam's government was oppressive and corrupt. According to, Diem did not give his people any freedom. He favored those who were Catholics just like him. Buddhist Vietnamese felt like they weren't treated fairly, they protested by committing suicide and joining North Vietnam in the war against South Vietnam. To the Vietnamese, North Vietnam was a more suitable place to live in than in South Vietnam because Ho Chi Minh wasn't as cruel as Ngo Dinh Diem. The splitting of Vietnam from the beginning caused the most tragic war of all time.

Annotated Bibliography

  • Shmoop Editorial Team. "Religion in The Vietnam War." Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 20 Sept. 2015. This editorial was written many years after the event had occurred. This article was posted in the Shmoop newspaper. The purpose for this article being written is to inform people on what was happening during the Vietnam War. This article adds value because many people can view it, but it also has a limitation because it only contains a summary of events. It does not give details about the events.
  • "The Causes of the Vietnam War - History Learning Site." History Learning Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2015. This article was written after the events had occurred. The purpose of this is to inform people about the causes of the Vietnam War. This adds value because it talks about what started the war in the first place. A limitation is that it can only be accessed online. Also it doesn't really give much detail about the war, it only talked about the government.
  • Wright, David K. Causes and Consequences of the Vietnam War. Austin, TX: Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1996. Print. This book was published in the year 1996 in Austin, Texas. The purpose of this book was to talk about certain events that occurred in the Vietnam War. This adds value because its talks about how the causes affected the outcome of the war. A limitation to this source is that many may not know this book even exists, do to when it was published.
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