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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 04 Jan 2007, 19:56
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Post 31 Mar 2007, 21:14
how exactly did the north and south vietnamese recover after the US miliraty occupation?did they recieve any soviet AID to rebuild their economy and infrastructure?and how did the war interfere with the vietnamese public's aproval of the vietcong/communist party of vietnam?also how did the farmers recover their land from the effects of napalm and agent orange?did they also have any agregarian reform once under a communist rule?
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Post 18 Apr 2007, 17:05
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did they recieve any soviet AID to rebuild their economy and infrastructure?


Vietnam diversified its aid donors. Financial aid came in from the USSR before it started drying in the late 70s & 80s. But for technical assistance, especially on light & heavy industry- Vietnam turned to India.

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and how did the war interfere with the vietnamese public's aproval of the vietcong/communist party of vietnam?


People generally consider Ho Chi Minh & Vo Nguyen Giap as heroes. However, the influx of massive cosmopolitanism & corporatism into Vietnam has created a huge income gap. As always, the people who bear the brunt are the agrarians. The modern challenges for Vietnamese persons today kind of makes deceased leaders & heroes move down the list of priorities of an average Vietnamese, if you get what I mean.

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also how did the farmers recover their land from the effects of napalm and agent orange?


The decontamination efforts in Vietnam were borne by many NAM countries. Though the USSR did provide aid as well. You must consider that a significant chunker of Soviet assistance was diverted towards military hardware to fight off the US & the ARVN. This was of course, inevitable. But regardless, Soviet aid flowed in. A good chunk of decontamination efforts were borne by Socialist leaning NAM countries till the 80s.

You should also remember that even after independence, the Vietnamese had it tough. They had to deal w/ the PRC, who attempted an incursion in 1979. The PRC also engaged in a proxy war with Vietnam via Pol Pot. The Vietnamese were on the middle of the Sino Soviet split. Reconstruction was never going to be easy...

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did they also have any agregarian reform once under a communist rule?


Yes, land was redistributed and a PDS was set in place. Remember- during the Vietnam war era, the overwhelming majority of the Vietnamese lived in agrarian communes. And unique to Vietnam, all agrarian communes practiced a subsistance lifestyle with 0 mercantile activity.

To put things in simple English, such societies required a "leave me the f#$k alone" kind of laws, which was given. It was the Free Land (Use) Act. The USSR had one, and for a time India too.

But in the USSR, agrarian communes had a mercantile past. So, this greatly helps in agricultural collectivazation programmes- your platform for economic growth. But in Vietnam, almost all agrarian communes practiced subsistance.

So, urbanization was going to be difficult. And the Socialist Vietnamese government also inherited a corporate ruined den in the name of South Vietnam, which they had to tend to from scratch.

Despite these difficulties, the Vietnamese avoided a starvation, which happens in capitalist locales such as Nigeria, Liberia etc. They etched out a PDS (Public distribution system).

Alot of irregular former combat units during the war were running cooperatives after the war. Equally in te North & the South. You should remember that many agrarian communes, due to their subsistance nature- didn't contribute to a PDS. Eventhough they availed of provisions under them. This was a heavy weight to bear.

The Vietnamese constitution guaranteed a free land use act, which may not mean much, but most Vietnamese agrarians (the majority of the pop) were subsistance communes.
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