Conflict Theory in Vietnam Essay

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The history of Vietnam is one of great struggle and conflict. For centuries the vietnamese people have had no choice but to change their society by force in order to gain their own freedom and independence. Pivitol events in Vietnamese history such as the Battle of Bach Dang in 939 and the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954 are examples of how the conflict theory brought change to Vietnamese society and culture.

For centuries Vietnam had been under Chinese rule. The Vietnamese people were an oppressed society and were exploited by the Chinese. Forced labour was brought upon the Vietnamese people, and there were many tyrannical Chinese governers along with constant demands of tribute for the Chinese rulers. There had been many revolts by
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In World War II France had to agree to allow Japan to occupy Vietnam. The Vietminh, with assistance from the American military, forced Japan out of Vietnam. At the end of the war Vietminh took control of the South of Vietnam and the French attempted to re-occupy the North. Their was war between the two powers that took place between 1946- 1954. The French were finally defeated by the Vietnamese at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. Once again Vietnam was declared independent from all colonial rule. This is another example of the conflict theory achieving great change within a society. Change in society is inevitable. Especially in Vietnamese history. The conflict theory has proved that people power combined with great force and will power is all that is needed to achieve immense change in society. If it wasn't for the method of agression Vietnam along with many other society's and cultures would not be where they are today, and colonial rule would still be a very real reality to many oppressed and exploited peoples.


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