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Comprehension
2a According to the report, is Ho Chi Minh a genuine nationalist leader?
2b What is Ho's attitude to Stalin and Mao?
2c Explain Ho Chi Minh's policy towards the peasants.
2d Summarise the conclusions of this report.

Analysis and Interpretation
2e How would you describe the tone of this report and its attitude to Ho Chi Minh? Does this affect your view of its reliability?
2f Do you think Ho's peasant policies would be effective in gaining support for his movement?

Case Study Question
Look at your answers to the questions on source 2.
Does Source 2 help you to decide whether any of the criticisms of US policy were valid?
Does the source help you to decide whether the criticisms are only valid in hindsight?

The Big Question
Look at your answers to the questions on source 2.
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Extracts from a British Foreign Office document Ho Chi Minh and the communist Movement in Indo China. It was published in August 1953

Extracts from a British Foreign Office document Ho Chi Minh and the communist Movement in Indo China. It was published in August 1953