How and when did the Vietnam war start? Which events led to it?
The Vietnam war was a proxy war that had controversial origins and is often seen as the most unpopular war in American history. The war began in 1955, at the height of the Cold War. American leaders had become convinced that Communism had begun to spread into Southeast Asia, which they called the “Domino Effect” and that the only method to stop it was to invade Vietnam, which had been taken over by a Communist group led by Ho Chi Minh. America firmly believed that if Vietnam was allowed to remain a Communist nation then the whole of Southeast Asia would quickly become Communist also and Russia would gain an upper hand in the Cold War.