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Hanoi's Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-1965$
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Pierre Asselin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276123

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276123.001.0001

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Choosing Peace, 1954–1956

Choosing Peace, 1954–1956

(p.11) 1 Choosing Peace, 1954–1956
Hanoi's Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-1965

Pierre Asselin

University of California Press

After signing the Geneva accords, the Communist leaders of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRVN) did their best to abide by both the letter and the spirit of the accords. They hoped the accords would allow them to achieve reunification under their authority without further bloodshed, following nationwide elections to take place within two years. Those elections never took place, largely because of South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem. Although that notably dimmed the prospect for peaceful reunification, DRVN leaders refused to amend their stance on military struggle in the South. Instead, they rehabilitated and developed the economy in the North, to the dismay of Communists who remained in the South, who became targets of the Diem regime.

Keywords:   Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Geneva accords, Ngo Dinh Diem, South Vietnam, reunification, communism

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