when did vietnam split into communist north and captialist south?

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  1. dpopiz

    dpopiz Diamond Member

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    I'm confused. I can't find when it was split. it was a french colony until france gave up control following their capitulation in 1940. then it looks like by 1949, it was split.

    when did it happen and why?
     
  2. Zim Hosein

    Zim Hosein Super Moderator<br>Elite Member
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    Play BF: Vietnam dpopiz! :p
     
  3. DrPizza

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    Hmmmm...... maybe you skipped class the last week of world history?
     
  4. acemcmac

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    looking... I know it was Korean war era.... plus or minus 8 years...
     
  5. acemcmac

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Vietnam

    hope that helps
     
  6. dpopiz

    dpopiz Diamond Member

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    hmm that's what I thought but then I read this:
    "1949 Bao Dai and President Vincent Auriol of France sign the Elysee Agreement. As part of the agreement the French pledge to assist in the building of a national anti-Communist army."
     
  7. djplayx714

    djplayx714 Senior member

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    the vietnamese defeated the french, the japanese came and took over, the americans defeated the japanese, the americans gave vietnam back to the french
     
  8. acemcmac

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    dont see how that connects
     
  9. dpopiz

    dpopiz Diamond Member

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    hmmm...maybe you're right it doesn't connect....I just assumed that if the vietnamese emperor wanted to stop communism in his country, that means there's a division. I guess it wasn't technically divided into two coutries at that point, but 1949 was the beginning of the vietminh
     
  10. AU Tiger

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    Hmmm, the French got defeated. The 20th century wasn't too kind to them.
     
  11. GoodToGo

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    And neither was the 19th century...
    and neither was the 18th century...
    and neither was the 17th century...

    Hmm, I think there is a pattern here.
     
  12. Eli

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    LOL..

    So what, the French have never won? :p
     
  13. GoodToGo

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    Sure the French have won, when it comes to surrendering, they have never been beaten :p
     
  14. imported_yovonbishop

    imported_yovonbishop Golden Member

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    hm, I know that Ho Chi Minh used the Vietminh to defeat the French in Diem Bien Phu.. the U.S. was sending France aid.. I know that France appointed Diem as the South Vietnamese President, elections were supposed to be held in 1956 but were cancelled by Diem, who had a corrupt government. During the 60s, the United States started sending in troops to help Diem and the South defeat the spread of Communism from the North and Ho Chi Minh, then that was where the Vietnam War started pretty much.