Vietnam Key Terms

HideShow resource information
NAPALM
A highly flammable and sticky chemical jelly, used to destroy areas of jungle during the Vietnam War.
1 of 23
NATIONALIST
A person who believes their nation should be self-governing.
2 of 23
NATO
The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 1949. Designed to provide security for Western Europe during the Cold War.
3 of 23
NUCLEAR PARITY
Where two nuclear powers have roughly equal numbers of nuclear weapons.
4 of 23
PACIFIC DEFENSIVE PERIMETER
A geographical area in the Western Pacific in which the USA was committed to providing security against communism.
5 of 23
PACIFIC RIM
The countries bordering the pacific ocean.
6 of 23
PITCHED BATTLE
A planned battle.
7 of 23
QUAGMIRE THEORY
The theory that the USA had become frapped in Vietnam, and were unable to withdraw.
8 of 23
REFERENDUM
A popular vote on a specific issue.
9 of 23
REPEAL
To remove a law.
10 of 23
REPUBLICAN PARTY
One of the two main political parties in America.
11 of 23
ROLLBACK
The policy of liberating territory from communist influence.
12 of 23
SELF-IMMOLATION
Setting yourself on fire.
13 of 23
SIGNATORIES
People who sign a document or agreement.
14 of 23
SPHERE OF INFLUENCE
A geographical area in which one country dominates.
15 of 23
STRATEGIC HAMLETS
Villages fortified to protect them against the Viet Cong.
16 of 23
STUDENTS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY (SDS)
An organisation of radical students formed in the USA in 1960.
17 of 23
VIET CONG
South Vietnamese citizens fighting on the side of the communists during the Vietnam War, known for their Guerrilla tactics.
18 of 23
VIET MINH
A communist/nationalist army that fought for the independence of Vietnam, prior to the Geneva Accords.
19 of 23
WALTER CRONKITE
An influential US news anchor.
20 of 23
WAR OF ATTRITION
A prolonged conflict, in which each side is gradually worn down.
21 of 23
WILLIAM WESTMORELAND
Leader of the US Army in Vietnam from 1964 until 1968.
22 of 23
WISE MEN
A group of advisors to President Johnson.
23 of 23

Other cards in this set

Card 2

Front

A person who believes their nation should be self-governing.

Back

NATIONALIST

Card 3

Front

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 1949. Designed to provide security for Western Europe during the Cold War.

Back

Preview of the back of card 3

Card 4

Front

Where two nuclear powers have roughly equal numbers of nuclear weapons.

Back

Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

Front

A geographical area in the Western Pacific in which the USA was committed to providing security against communism.

Back

Preview of the back of card 5
View more cards

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar History resources:

See all History resources »See all America - 19th and 20th century resources »