Cultural Effects of the Vietnam War

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Cultural Effects of the Vietnam War

By | March 2013
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Madison  Krause M.  Sherman AP  English February  6th,  2013 Effects  of  the  Vietnam  War When  people  are  asked  what  they  think  of    when  they  hear  the  words  “Vietnam War”,  they  may  envision  Rambo  on  a  bloody,  barbaric,  and  yet  heroic  killing  spree  or Forrest  Gump  getting  shot  in  the  buttock.  Others  may  think  of  a  grandparent  or  parent  who fought  in  the  grizzly  guerilla  warfare.  Many  can  still  recall  their  direct  experience  with  the war,  whether  as  a  soldier  or  a  civilian.  The  war  in  Vietnam  does  not  seem  like  such  distant past  to  many  people,  and  because  of  the  very  personal  and  possibly  tragic  memories people  have  of  the  war,  they  are  not  able  to  see  the  big  picture:  the  Vietnamese  war affected  more  than  individuals.  It  affected  the  economy,  social  order,  and  culture  of  all  the nations  involved. Planet  Earth  was  far  from  world  peace  when  the  war  in  Vietnam  erupted.  Infact,  the Cold  War,  which  was  an  antagonist  for  the  war  in  Vietnam,  had  been  going  on  for  seven years  prior  to  the  conflict  in  Southeast  Asia.  Many  countries  were  negatively  affected  by communist  Southeast  Asia’s  closed  economy.  When  the  communist  countries  in  Southeast Asia,  adapted  their  “closed  economy”  system  (Source  F),  the  pre-­existing  economic  woes of  the  Cold  War  were  layered  with  new  conflict.  The  closed  economy  cut  off  economic opportunities  to  capitalist  countries  as  well  as  underdeveloped  non-­communist  nations which  surrounded  communist  Southeast  Asia.  America’s  ally,  Britain,  was  suffering

economically  without  the  colony  of  Malaya,  which  the  nation  used  for  major  tin  and  rubber manufacturing.  The  French,  who  were  suffering  from  the  communist  takeover  of  their colonies  and  still  rebuilding  their  economy  from  the  effects  of  the  Cold...