Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This video is part of a series that looks at some of the most significant events in modern world history. This episode investigates foreign involvement in Vietnam. The French occupied Indo-China from the 18th century until the 1950s, when political fortunes precipitated withdrawal from the region. The Cold War with the Soviet Union set the stage for American involvement in South Vietnam, to stem the tide of communism coming from North Vietnam. Archival film footage, scholarly commentary, and personal recollections tell the story.