Why did communism develop a sizeable following in Vietnam in the early part of the 20th century?
The paper should revolve around one relatively narrow and precise research question, answerable using existing and readily available source material. The following are examples of sensible research questions: • Was Ho Chi Minh a nationalist or a communist? • Why did communism develop a sizeable following in Vietnam in the early part of the 20th century? • Why did the United States decide to come to the assistance of France in Indochina in 1950? • What was the most important factor in prompting direct US military involvement in Vietnam in 1965? • Is there any truth to the notion that the war in Vietnam was a civil war more than a neo-colonial war or a superpower proxy war? • What was the role of the Soviet Union and/or China in the Vietnam War? • What was the impact of the American and/or global antiwar movement on the course and outcome of the Vietnam War? • How did the Vietnam War change Vietnam? How did it change the United States? How did it change the world? The final paper must: • be 5-8 pages in length (typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, 1″ margins on all sides); • include a bibliography of no fewer than 10 sources, including at least 3 primary sources; • include endnotes or footnotes
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