a) Describe the main features in the life of Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh was born on the 19th May 1890 as Nguyen Sinh Cung in the village of Kim Lien, within the Annam province. Hoâ€™s family expressed patriotic pride and heritage through practising traditional customs influenced by their strong Vietnamese beliefs. His early childhood was the development of inspiration and influence he gained from his Father, who was a dedicated nationalist and small time teacher, who later became an imperial magistrate. At an early age Ho followed in the actions of his father by running messages for the anti-French underground and not conforming to French Rule at school resulting in Ho being expelled.
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Ho once again returned to china and served with the Chinese Communist armed forces as an advisor. .
The Japanese placed Vietnam under military occupation in 1941, after France had fallen to Germany, overriding the authority of the French. Ho Chi Minh took force at the opportunity of returning to Vietnam to lead his country through a revolution. Ho was determined to drive out the French through guerilla movement. Ho recommenced with the member of the ICP to form a communist-dominated movement, leading to the launch of the Vietminh. Ho Chi Minh traveled around the countryside of Vietnam becoming acquainted with peasants expressing his ideas and gaining much support and respect. Ho gained this support by offering education to peasants and his determination to gain Independence in Vietnam. The Vietminh appealed to a large amount of the population and they used propaganda to turn peasants away from the French and Japanese.
Negotiations between the French and Vietminh began in 1945. Ho Chi Minh was hoping for a treaty with the French in which independence of Vietnam was recognised, the departure of French forces and the guarantee of a re-unified country however France refused to acknowledge independence of Vietnam. War broke out in December 1946, which is known as the first Indochinese war. Hoâ€™s Vietminh were not at this stage strong enough to defeat the French and their offence was restricted to Guerrilla warfare tactics.
The Vietminh gained strength through the artillery and financial support of China and now were a greater...