Vietnam has been colonized twice throughout its existence. The first colonization was by the Chinese; the second was by the French. Chinese colonization lasted for almost 1,000 years, beginning with the annexation of Northern Vietnam in 111 B.C.Know More
Many Chinese to fled to Vietnam when the Han Dynasty collapsed. This prompted the first of many periods of discontent on the side of the Vietnamese until when Ngo Quyen defeated the Chinese.
The French, and many other European Countries, made contact with Vietnam well before the 19th century. However, it was not until it became clear to France that the Vietnamese were not going to directly support French interests that colonization became official in 1874. This lasted until 1954, after the French-Indochina War, when Vietnam finally got a chance to self-govern.Learn more about South Asia
The United States got involved in Vietnam to prevent the spread of communism throughout Southeast Asia. The domino theory, prevalent in the U.S. government, posited that if Vietnam became communist, it would lead to communist conquests of surrounding countries; victory in Vietnam was crucial to stopping communist expansion.Full Answer >
No single incident marked the beginning of the American war in Vietnam, though several watershed moments passed between the 1954 defeat of the French occupying force and the negotiated end of hostilities in 1973. The 1954 Geneva agreement, which ended the French presence in Indochina, called for a referendum on the form of government Vietnam would adopt in 1956. The United States cancelled the vote, and hostilities began.Full Answer >
The most prevalent religion in Vietnam is Buddhism. Chinese conquerors and Indian traders introduced the faith around the second century B.C. It became the state religion sometime during the Ly dynasty of the 10th to 12th centuries A.D.Full Answer >
In Vietnam, the United States Marine Corps supported troops by ground and air, and provided logistical support and supplies. The Marine Corps began its time in Vietnam in an advisory capacity, but it became necessary to provide more protection for the airbase where they were located. The Marines created Combined Action Platoons made up of Marines and Vietnamese soldiers as part of their counterinsurgency effort in Vietnam.Full Answer >