The whole Vietnamese people, animated by a common purpose, are determined to fight to the bitter end against any attempt by the French colonialists to reconquer their country." These words from the 1945 Vietnamese Declaration of Independence told the world that the people of Vietnam would no longer tolerate foreign occupation of their nation. In the following Indochina War, Vietnamese fighters succeeded in ousting the French from their country after a surprise Vietnamese victory at the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954. The two sides signed a peace treaty that year, but fighting was far from over in Vietnam. A new war began in 1957 between Communist forces, led by North Vietnam, and anti-Communist forces, including the powerful United States. The war finally ended eighteen years later, with a Communist victory and a death toll of one million people. Follow the dramatic story of bloody Dien Bien Phu and its aftermath: years of savage fighting in the jungles of Vietnam, antiwar protests and political turmoil in the United States, and ultimate reunification of Vietnam
|Publisher:||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Series:||Aftermath of History Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Mark E. Cunningham majored in History and Political Science at the University of Iowa and received an MA in English as a Second Language at the University of Northern Arizona. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, he has lived and worked in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and Japan. Mark has traveled extensively and has often been in Thailand on family visits. He teaches teaches English as a second language at Michigan State University.
Lawrence J. Zwier is the Associate Director of the English Language Center at Michigan State University. He wrote The Persian Gulf and Iraq Wars (Chronicle of America's Wars, 2005) and Sudan: North Against South (World in Conflict, 1999) for Lerner Publishing Group.