Background. One of the two dominant powers in Indochina from the 10th through 19th centuries, Vietnam was invaded and occupied by France between the early 1850s and 1884. Following World War II, there was a prolonged struggle between the French and nationalist forces (the Viet Minh). This ended in 1954 with the French defeats at Dien Bien Phu and the Mang Yang Pass. During the resulting peace conference, Vietnam was split into the...
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