USM Open Source History Text: The World at War: World History 1914-1945

Ho Chi Minh: Conclusion

We will leave the story of Hi Chi Minh and Vietnam here – in 1945. War with France is on the horizon. This war between the French and the Vietnamese will eventually lead to direct U.S. involvement, reaching its final escalation in the late 1960s and early 1970s under the administrations of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, who entered the fray in order to stop a perceived “domino effect” of international communism. But Vietnam was a “domino” of a different order: it was part of the anti-colonial movement that was sweeping the Middle East, Africa and Asia, resulting in the formation of new nation-states out of old colonial territories. That these ideologies of anti-colonialism and communism overlapped has everything to do with the historical circumstances of the years between 1914 and 1945. To check the advance of anti-colonialism in the 1950s and 1960s was becoming increasingly more difficult and increasingly bloody, both of these characteristics were on full display in the Vietnam War.

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