Ho chi minh
¨Ho Chi Minh was born Nguyen Tat Tanh in Vietnam in 1890. His father, Nguyen Sinh Huy was a teacher employed by the French. ¨He had a reputation for being extremely intelligent but his unwillingness to learn the French language resulted in the loss of his job. To survive, Nguyen Sinh Huy was forced to travel throughout Vietnam, offering his services to the peasants. This usually involved writing letters and providing medical care. ¨As a nationalist, Nguyen taught his children to resist the rule of the French. Not surprisingly, they all grew up to be committed nationalists willing to fight for Vietnamese independence. ¨Ho Chi Minh's sister obtained employment working with the French army. She used this position to steal weapons that she hoped one day would be used to drive the French out of Vietnam. She was eventually caught and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Although he had refused to learn French himself, Nguyen decided to send Ho to a French school. He was now of the opinion that it would help him prepare for the forthcoming struggle against the French.After his studies. Ho was, for a short period, a schoolteacher. ¨In 1911 he became a cook on a merchant ship which enabled him to travel to many different countries. This included several countries that were part of the French Empire. In doing so. Ho learnt that the Vietnamese were not the only people suffering from exploitation ¨He also observed the workings of democracy and other western ideas. ¨Ho finally settled in Paris in 1917, and adopted the name of Nguyen Ai Quoc (Nguyen the Patriot). ¨Here he read books by Karl Marx and other left-wing writers and eventually he became convened to communism. Ho attempted to see Woodrow Wilson (US President) at the Conference of Versailles in 1919 to argue for Vietnamese independence. In 1920 the French Communist Party was formed and Ho became one of its founder members. ¨Ho, like the rest of the French Communist Party, had been inspired by the...
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