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- Annam : The central region in those parts of French Indochina that eventually became South Vietnam; was the Kingdom of Dai Viet and then the Empire of Annam
- Binh Xuyen : A South Vietnamese group, primarily an organized crime syndicate but with political influence, largely wiped out under the authority of Ngo Dinh Diem
- Can Lao : A South Vietnamese semisecret political organization controlled by the Diem brothers
- Cao Dai : Add brief definition or description
- Cochin China : In French Indochina, the southernmost part of Vietnam, including the Mekong Delta; roughly corresponded to IV Corps tactical zone of the Republic of Vietnam
- Dai Viet : A series of Vietnamese kingdoms that extended from a revolt against China in 939 CE, to the establishment of the Nguyen Dynasty in 1789, with occasional periods of Chinese occupation
- Dan Xa Dang : A short-lived, nationalist, non-Communist political party of the Cochin China region of French Indochina in the late 1940s
- Government of the Republic of Vietnam : Add brief definition or description
- High Legislative Council : A Buddhist-dominated 17-member body, which selected the government of South Vietnam, led by generals Nguyen Khanh (figurehead) and Duong Van Minh (actual), formed a government of neutralist sympathy in September 1964
- Ho Chi Minh : Vietnamese communist and nationalist leader and revolutionary (1890–1969); president of North Vietnam 1946–1969.
- Hoa Hao : A sect of Buddhism in Vietnam, which, while not having an extensive clerical structure, became a social and political, generally opposition movement in the Republic of Vietnam
- Hue : Third largest city of Vietnam, which was the capital of the classic Empire of Annam and is considered the cultural center of the country.
- Indochina and the Second World War : Between 1936 and 1947, external events, related to the Second World War, which affected French Indochina
- Indochinese revolution : The period, within the Wars of Vietnam, 1858-1987, between which France reasserted its colonial authority over Indochina in 1945, created a proto-state of Vietnam under a provisional government during which there was increasing insurgency, fought conventionally combat with the Viet Minh starting in 1950, and ended in 1954. The end, militarily, involved the defeat of French forces at Dien Bien Phu and. politically, with the creation of North Vietnam and South Vietnam by the Geneva accords
- Ngo Dinh Diem : President of the Republic of Vietnam from shortly after its creation, to his overthrow and death in the Vietnam War, Buddhist crisis and military coup of 1963. He was of the Catholic minority, ascetic and autocratic, and strongly anti-Communist
- Nguyen Dynasty : The last dynasty of Vietnam, which did involve several shifts of power, but is generally traced from the overthrow of the Le Dynasty in 1789, through French colonization in 1858, to Bao Dai, who finally left Vietnam in 1954.
- Nguyen Ngoc Tho : Under Ngo Dinh Diem and for a time after his overthrow, Vice-President of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). Of the Buddhist majority rather than Diem's Catholic minority, while he did not command major personal forces, he had important roles in brokering arrangements with the politically powerful Buddhists, including after the Vietnam War, Buddhist crisis and military coup of 1963.
- Pacification in South Vietnam : Sometimes called the "other war" in the Vietnam War, involving counterinsurgency and local development
- Phan Khac Suu : Add brief definition or description
- Phan Quang Dan : A Vietnamese nationalist whose political career started under France, in opposition under Ngo Dinh Diem, and through the end of South Vietnam
- Republic of Vietnam : The Republic of Vietnam (RVN) (1954-1975; commonly called South Vietnam (SVN)) is the political entity created by the Geneva Accords of 1954 that partitioned French Indochina. The Republic of Vietnam ended in 1975 at the end of the Vietnam War.
- South Vietnamese Buddhist crisis and coup of 1963 : Events, in South Vietnam, beginning with Buddhist protests and suppression in May 1963, and culminating with the overthrow and killing of President Ngo Dinh Diem in October
- Vietnam War : A post-colonial independence/Cold War conflict between communist North Vietnam against South Vietnam, assisted by the United States (1955-1975), to unify Vietnam; won by North Vietnam in 1975.
- Vietnam, war, and the United States : The interactions of the Vietnam War with United States domestic politics and public opinion, and, in turn, how domestic considerations affected the military situation
- Vietnamese Communist grand strategy : Add brief definition or description
- Vo Nguyen Giap : The most prominent general of the Viet Minh, the People's Army of Viet Nam, and eventually Defense Minister and Politburo member of North Vietnam
- Wars of Vietnam : The broad context of warfare in the modern area of Vietnam, of which the Vietnam War (1962-1975) is best known, but involves colonization, Japanese occupation, decolonization, and post-1975 but related warfare among Vietnam, Cambodia and China