Vietnam Key Terms

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17th PARALLEL
The border between North and South Vietnam, established by the Geneva Accords.
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AGENT ORANGE
A toxic chemical used to kill trees to destroy the jungle cover of the Viet Cong.
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AGREEMENT ON BASIC PRINCIPLES
An agreement between the USA and Soviet Union, 1972, which agreed the fundamental principles which should govern superpower relations.
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ARMISTICE
An agreement to stop fighting.
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ARMS LIMITATION TREATY
An agreement between USA and Soviet Union, 1972, which agreed small-scale reductions in the number of nuclear weapons.
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ARMY OF THE REPUBLICAN OF VIETNAM (ARVN)
The South Vietnamese Army.
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AXIS POWERS
An alliance compromising Germany, Italy and Japan that fought the allies during WWII.
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BLACK POWER MOVEMENT
1966 - A movement dedicated to the fight for black rights. Members were willing to use violence to achieve racial equality.
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BUDGET DEFECIT
Government debt.
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BUFFER ZONE
A geographical area that lies between two hostile states.
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CHINA LOBBY
A group of US politicians who responded to the fall of China to Communism by criticising Truman's handling of the Cold War and demanding a tougher stance against Communism.
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CIA
The Counter-Intelligence Agency. Protect the US from foreign threats.
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COLONIAL RULE
The rule of an Empire.
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COLONIALISM
The policy of pursuing the creation and maintenance of an empire.
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COMMITMENT TRAP
As soon as the US became involved in the Vietnam war, they would be unable to withdraw because neither could win or face the lose.
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CONGRESS
The American parliament.
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CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS
Elections to the American Parliament.
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CONGRESSMEN
Member of the American Parliament.
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CONVENTIONAL FORCES
Members of a professionally trained army.
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COVERT OPERATIONS
Secret military missions.
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DEFOLIANTS
Chemicals that destroy plants
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DEMILITARISED ZONE (DMZ)
An area in which no weapons or armed forces are permitted.
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DEMOCRATIC PARTY
One of the two main political parties of America.
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DOMINO THEORY
The belief that the fall of one state to communism, in south-east Asia, would lead to the spread of it across the region.
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GREAT SOCIETY PROGRAMME
LBJ's programme of social reform designed to redistribute wealth and increase equality across the USA.
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GUERILLA
Unconventional warfare commonly used by inferior forces against better equipped armies.
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HENRY KISSINGER
Nixon's National Security Advisor, and later Secretary of State. Credited with developing the policy of détente.
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HO CHI MINH TRAIL
The supply lines running through Cambodia and Laos that allowed the Viet Cong/NVA to operate so successfully in SV.
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INSTALLATIONS
Military bases.
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MILITIA
Non-professional soldiers.
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A toxic chemical used to kill trees to destroy the jungle cover of the Viet Cong.

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An agreement between the USA and Soviet Union, 1972, which agreed the fundamental principles which should govern superpower relations.

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