The causes of the vietnam war trace their roots back to the end of world war iia french colony indochina made up of vietnam laos and cambodia had been occupied by the japanese during the warin 1941 a vietnamese nationalist movement the viet minh was formed by their leader ho chi minh 1890 1969 to resist the occupiers a communist ho chi minh waged a guerrilla war against the . Vietnam was a battleground in the cold war when the united states and soviet union grappled for world domination by wars end north and south vietnam would be reunited but at great cost. The war in vietnam was a seminal event in post 1945 world affairs the conflict had a profound and lasting impact on the politics and society of vietnam and the united states but also shaped the larger international system in critical ways this volume provides an authoritative and accessible introduction to the origins of the war it situates the developments from the french colonial period . The origins of the vietnam war can be traced to frances colonization of indochina in the late 1880s the viet minh led by ho chi minh emerged as the dominant anti colonial movement by the end of world war ii though viet minh leaders encountered difficulties as they tried to consolidate their power on the eve of the first indochina war against france
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