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Vietnam War A war that lasted from (1954-1975). it was between the communist armies of North Vietnam who were supported by the Chinese Communist Party and the non-communist armies of South Vietnam who were supported by the United States.
Ho Chi Minh Communist leader of Vietnam's independence movement from the French. (Was the leader of North Vietnam)
Vietnam Remained divided until 1975
United States Not wanting South Vietnam to fall to Communism, the US supported them during the war and spent many years and billions of dollars trying to contain communism. Thousands of lives were lost fighting the Vietnam War.
Domino Theory The idea that if a nation falls under communist control, nearby nations will also fall under communist control as well.
Politburo The group that heads the only political party in Vietnam, the communist party.
Republic A form of government in which citizens elect their leaders by voting.
Why is it called the 17th Parallel? It is 17 degrees north which is the line of latitude the separated North Vietnam from South Vietnam.
Containment United States governmental policy to stop the spread of communism. Adopted by President Harry Truman in the late 1940s. The United States tried to stop the spread of communism by creating alliances and helping weak countries to resist Soviet advances.
Mao Zedong He was the leader of the 20th century communist revolution in China
Great Leap Forward In 1958, Mao Zedong launched a program, started under the Communist government of China that attempted to speed up economic development
Tiananmen Square The Chinese military violated citizens human rights when they attacked protesters calling for democracy at this cite. This landmark was built by the Ming Dynasty in the 1400s, but is widely known as the cite of pro-democracy protests in 1989.
Beijing The capital of China and the home of Tiananmen Square.
Communism An economic and political system led by the government, in which property is owned collectively and labor is organized in a way that is supposed to benefit all people.
Created by: Caitlin R.