The history of Vietnam has been documented from the 3rd century BC. And the most part of all the history of the country is associated with the struggle for freedom and independence, first of all from Chinese domination and then from French colonization. The very recent history of Vietnam ended with Vietnamese guerrilla war against the United States and the South and the North of Vietnam uniting. These parts followed different development paths before the Vietnam War and after liberation from the French (the North Vietnam was on the socialist path, and the South - on the capitalistic). Nowadays, Vietnam is a Socialist Republic.
All of you have probably heard about the horrors of the Vietnam War, and many people (unfortunately) think that someone is still fighting in Vietnam. But that's not true. For 40 years, Vietnam haven't been involved in any military operations and develops peacefully and quickly. If you're interested in Vietnamese history, related to the Vietnam War, read our article.