Sign up now to learn about This Day in History straight from your inbox. The Tet Offensive in January 1968, when North Vietnamese troops and the Viet Cong launched a large-scale attack on major cities in South Vietnam, became a turning point in the conflict. This process was not only about justice or retribution; it was also a means of asserting political control. Her murder later led to one of the most disgraceful episodes of bigotry, injustice, and mob violence in American history.
Indochina wars , 20th-century conflicts in Vietnam , Laos, and Cambodia, with the principal involvement of France 1946—54 and later the United States beginning in the 1950s. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. In July 1954, the Geneva Agreements were signed.
There was bitterness on both sides, and a mind-boggling array of problems. Get in [ edit ] The area's only major city is Dong Ha , on the coast. Shriver, then a co-anchor for the CBS... Subscriber sign in. Despite repeated promises to the contrary, hundreds of thousands of people who had ties to the previous regime had their property confiscated and were rounded up and imprisoned without trial in forced-labour camps, euphemistically known as re-education camps.
Vietnam would be temporarily divided at the 17th parallel, pending elections within two years to choose a president and reunite the country. Vietnamese civilisation is as sophisticated as that of its mighty northern neighbour China , from where it drew many of its influences under a thousand-year occupation.
Though you'll probably encounter vendors selling GI dogtags, lighters, and other paraphernalia, you can be sure that none of them are genuinely from the war. Until the formal reunification of Vietnam in July 1976, the South was ruled by the Provisional Revolutionary Government. Operation Rolling Thunder. Conservative elements of the elite appreciated the familiar sense of order, which had evaporated in the dizzying atmosphere of reform stirred up by the Tay Son Rebels.
But Ho was pragmatic, patriotic and populist and understood the need for national unity.
The Chinese controlled much of the country from 1407, imposing a regime of heavy taxation and slave labour. An agreement was signed at Geneva on July 21, 1954, providing for a temporary division of the country, at the 17th parallel of latitude, between a communist-dominated north and a U.
Delegates from some nations refused to negotiate directly, while the United States and South Vietnam refused to sign the Accords. This helped turn the tide and a coalition of the concerned emerged that threatened the establishment.