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Vietnam: Topic Page
Officially Socialist Republic of Vietnam, republic (2005 est. pop. 83,536,000), 128,400 sq mi (332,642 sq km), Southeast Asia. MORE
Cochin-China: Topic Page
Fr. Cochinchine, historic region (c.26,500 sq mi/68,600 sq km) of Vietnam, SE Asia. The capital and chief city was Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City).
Indochina: Topic Page
Fr. Indochine, former federation of states, SE Asia. It comprised the French colony of Cochin China and the French protectorates of Tonkin, Annam, Laos, and Cambodia (Cochin China, Tonkin, and Annam were later united to form Vietnam).
Vietnamese Language: Topic Page
Now generally agreed to be one of the aus-troasiatic languages, Vietnamese is so different from its relatives that quite contradictory views on its origin have been expressed. It is the official language of Vietnam.
Colonization: Topic Page
Extension of political and economic control over an area by a state whose nationals have occupied the area and usually possess organizational or technological superiority over the native population.
Imperialism: Topic Page
Broadly, the extension of rule or influence by one government, nation, or society over another.
Hanoi: Topic Page
City (1997 est. pop. 3,500,800), capital of Vietnam, on the right bank of the Red River. It is the transportation hub of the country.
Ho Chi Minh City: Topic Page
Formerly Saigon, city on the right bank of the Saigon River, a tributary of the Dong Nai, Vietnam.
Vietnam War: Topic Page
War from 1954 to 1975 between communist North Vietnam and US-backed South Vietnam, in which North Vietnam aimed to conquer South Vietnam and unite the country as a communist state.
Guerrilla Warfare: Topic Page
The tactics of guerrilla warfare stress deception and ambush, as opposed to mass confrontation, and succeed best in an irregular, rugged, terrain and with a sympathetic populace.
Guerrilla: Topic Page
Irregular soldier fighting in a small, unofficial unit, typically against an established or occupying power, and engaging in sabotage, ambush, and the like, rather than pitched battles against an opposing army.