Vietnam 1954-1975 Revision Notes

These are just some brief revisio notes which cover Vietnam 1954-1975). They cover everything you need to know if studying this topic for OCR Modern World History Paper 1. All copyrights go to BBC Bitesize.

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Vietnam 19541975:
How did the US get involved?
During the Second World War Southeast Asia had been under Japanese control, but in 1945
the French reoccupied IndoChina. A nationalist group, the Vietminh, eventually
surrounded and wiped out the French occupying army and America was dragged into
fighting a costly and…

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The War in Vietnam
The Vietnam War did not seem like a fair match. The Americans had a huge army, money
and technology at their disposal while the Vietcong were an underground army, using
underground tactics.

Vietcong and
American tactics:

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The US Gets Out of Vietnam

Why did the war arouse so much opposition in America?
58,000 Americans average age 19 were killed.
It was hard for Americans to believe that they were defending America by
fighting in a war 8,000 miles away.
Extensive media coverage brought all the failures…

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going to university or to Canada, and young black men were twice as likely to
be killed).
After the Vietnam War
In 1975, two years after the Americans left, South Vietnam was united with the North it
was now a communist state. What was the lasting effect of war on…


Bradley Hill



Theodore Roosevelt


Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.



not bad

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