The struggle between communism and capitalism played out on the world stage. The Vietnam War was the final battle of the Cold War, a battle of ideology, east versus west.
Vietnam’s leader, Ho Chi Minh understood the power of art as a diplomatic tool. He encouraged the creation of propaganda posters in order to communicate the central government’s policies to the predominantly rural and illiterate population of Vietnam. Vietnamese artists trained in the Soviet Union, created simple yet powerful propaganda posters which showcase a desire for national unification as well as a renewed hope for peace.