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  1. Introduction
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  3. Conclusion

The Vietnam War was the lengthiest and probably one of the most polemical military conflicts in the history of the U.S. To analyze in more detail the most important issues of this armed conflict, this essay will include four parts. The first part will highlight the main events of the conflict and the context in which it took place. The second section will focus in the reasons for the U.S. intervention in Vietnam. The third part of the essay will examine the consequences and repercussions of the involvement of the U.S. in Vietnam. The fourth part will include the main conclusions about the conflict and a summary of the main issues examined in the essay.

In order to understand the complexity of the Vietnam War, it is necessary to look at the context and period of history in which this conflict took place. Problems started in Southeast Asia after the Second World War, when Japan decided to invade Vietnam, which used to be part of Indochina, controlled by the French. The continued foreign occupation of Vietnam generated the creation of the nationalistic movement Vietnam.

[...] Calkins, Voices from Vietnam (Cincinnati: David and Charles, 2005). Chinnery, P. D., Vietnam: The Helicopter War, 2nd edition (Shrewsbury: Airline Publishing, 2004). Clare, J. D., Vietnam 1939 - 75 (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2004). Dennis, M. and T. G. Patterson, eds., Major Problems in American Foreign Relations, Vol. II, 5th edition (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000). Herring, G. C., ?A Different Kind of War', in McMahon, R. J., ed., Major Problems in the History of the Vietnam War, 3rd edition (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2003). [...]

[...] Unlike Woodruff, Michael Lind accepts the U.S. defeat in Vietnam. The ?only clear winner of the Vietnam War ?. was the Soviet Union'[19]. In Lind's opinion, the Soviet Union managed to humiliate and deteriorate the influence in the context of the cold war, without a significant investment in the conflict. The military intervention of the United States in Vietnam was heavily criticized by the public, and numerous demonstrations against the decision of the American government took place all over the country. [...]

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