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A Look back at the Vietnam War Websters defines war as a state of open and declared armed conflict between states or nations There was an open and hostile conflict that happened twentyfive years ago in the small Southeast Asian country of Vietnam The Vietnam War lasted about thirty years It was the longest and bloodiest war in the recent past Due to the causes effects and the crimes and cover-ups of the Vietnam War it became one of the most horrific events in the twentieth century The causes of the Vietnam War can all be attributed to rule by foreign countries the French-Indochinese War expansion of communism Gulf of Tonkin incident and American intervention For two thousand years Vietnam has been in a continuing quest to establish itself as an independent nation First in 208 BC General Trieu Da conquered and claimed Vietnam for the Chinese emperor In 40 AD the Trung sisters led a Vietnamese rebellion and turned Vietnam from a Chinese providence into an independent state for a short period of time Emperor Dinh Boh Linh won recognition of independence form China in 967 The Vietnamese defeated Kubial Khan the great Mongolian warrior and his 300000 soldiers in 1287 From 1418-1422 Vietnamese emperor Le Loi led a revolt against China The revolt was successful and Vietnam again gained its independence from China thus beginning Vietnams Golden Age Having to fight for close to two thousand years of was a contributing factor of The Vietnam War Vietnams Mixed Relations with its Neighbors np France played an important rule in creating the Vietnam War In the 1600s Roman Catholics missionaries from France began to convert thousands of Vietnamese from Buddhists to Catholics In the 1850s the French started to seize parts of Vietnam At first France was just protecting its missionaries in Vietnam Then France became greedy and wanted to gain Vietnam as a colony In 1883 the French forced
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