Effects Of Imperialism In Vietnam

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In the 1850’s, French imperialism had spread into a South-east Asian region known as Indochina (the modern world knows this region as Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia). Since French colonialism speculation against the French had increased in Indochina, and many natives struggled for independence. The struggle had started when the separated Vietnam into 3 separate regions, Annam, Tonkin and Cochinchina causing grief for the Vietnamese. Although, the French had provided the Vietnamese with education and leadership, the French took advantage of Vietnam by exploiting their resources of coal, rice, rubber and labour, where the labour was forced to undergo harsh treatment. Not only that but the imperialist separated classes according to regions providing better opportunities for the wealthier in Cochinchina encouraging retaliation from lower classes and communism, the French also had extended their own culture evident in Vietnamese education, politics and architecture which ultimately stimulated nationalism. …show more content…
It was the actions of nationalistic driven ideas that initiated the push for Vietnamese independence and the decolonisation of Indochina. The Vietnamese nationalism was influenced by Quoc ngu (which was and still is the writing system for the Vietnamese language, that replaced the Chinese script previously), activists like Ho Chi Minh (a man who studied the world and would do anything for his country), and World War II during which Japanese forces occupied Vietnam (a perfect opportunity for the Vietnamese to regain Vietnam). World War II was almost like the final straw that historians believed was the cause of the struggle for independence as the Vietnamese were forced to go to war. All three influences impacted on Vietnamese nationalism as it was the most significant ideology and action which led to independence of

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