The son of a poor scholar, this Asian leader led the nationalist movement of his country for three decades, until his death in 1969.
Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh.
The son of a poor scholar, Ho Chi Minh led the nationalist movement of his country, Vietnam, for three decades, until his death in 1969. Ho Chi Minh became an active socialist while in France where he petitioned for colonial reforms following World War I. His involvement with the international communist movement continued into the 1920s, meeting and working with communist leaders in Europe and the newly formed Soviet Union. He formed the Indochinese Communist Party in 1930 and its successor, the Viet-Minh, in 1941, going on to serve as president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam from 1945 until his death in 1969.