Studying Vietnam and Prior History

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Suzette Anderson
January 7, 2012
The Week 1 Topic
Professor Carl Garrigus

It is both necessary and helpful to the study the context of prior history because it reveals who we are in relation to other people, cultures, and countries. They study of history can make up one’s whole being and how they live in a day-to-day basis. History can influence the way a person can process information, view other races and cultures, and even speak. There is an old saying “ If we don’t know where we come from, then we don’t know where we going”. Studying history helps us makes certain decisions and lets us understand the causes of certain issues of today. There were many situations and events in history that led to wars. To name a few: freedom of religion, civil unrest, unfair trade, terrorism, different cultures, and race and last but not least independence. Fighting for independence is one of the main reasons why there is history. There are many great leaders and participants in history that will be remembered forever. They all stood strong for what they believe, whether it for respect, honor, trade, goods, and especially independence. In addition, many leaders, revolutionists and soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their countries’ independence, such as, the Vietnamese leader named Ho Chi Minh. According to Moss (2009), Ho Chi Minh led the Viet Minh Independence movement from 1941 onward, establishing the communist-governed Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and defeating the French Union in 1954. He was a highly visible figurehead and an inspiration for Vietnamese fighting to the death for his cause, a united Vietnam, until his death. The people of Vietnam recognize his actions and determination to fight for independence that the capital of South Vietnam was renamed Ho Chi Minh City in his honor. Running head: The Week 1 Topic

There was a great deal of experiences that this historic leader endured. He had to deal with the Japanese and French fighting to...
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