In the early history of Vietnam, there are three major cultures forming in three areas in the territory of Vietnam including Dong Son Culture in the north, Sa Huynh Culture in the center and Dong Nai Culture in the south.
History of Vietnam in early dynastic age from 2879 to 111 BC experienced three dynasties including Hong Bang Dynasty, Thuc Dynasty and Trieu Dynasty. This period was remarked by the empire of Hung Kings with the culmination of human civilization.
From 111 BC to 938 AD, it is the Chinese domination of Vietnam. This is an important historic period proving the patriotism of Vietnamese people through typical revolts of Trung Sisters, Ly Nam De, Khuc Thua Du, and Ngo Quyen to regain autonomy.
From 939 to 1945, Vietnam history experienced autonomous and wealthy feudal Vietnamese dynasties from Dinh Dynasty to Nguyen Dynasty. Yet, in late dynastic period, internal disorders along with French intrigue resulted in the French invasion in Vietnam.
Republican period (from 1945) in Vietnam history saw a series of revolts and battles against French colonists and American Empire. With Geneva Conference and Paris Peace Accords, Vietnam War ended and Vietnam completely regained its autonomy.
Wars in Vietnam ended brought a new period to Vietnam history. It is a high time for the country to recover the economy and enter a new era, the era of sustainable development. Only after a few decades, Vietnam becomes one of the fastest developing countries in the world.
Vietnam War is seen as the most severe war in Vietnam. It is a protracted struggle between Vietnam communist government and the United States (with government of South Vietnam) who tried to erase the growth of communism.
There are several terms to call Vietnam War. With different purposes, the war in Vietnam is called in different names. However, Vietnam War is the most common name as this war occurred in Vietnam and it might express a neutral meaning.