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"Using new and largely inaccessible Vietnamese sources as well as French, British, Canadian and American archives, Pierre Asselin sheds valuable light on Hanoi's path to war. Step... Read more
"Using new and largely inaccessible Vietnamese sources as well as French, British, Canadian and American archives, Pierre Asselin sheds valuable light on Hanoi's path to war. Step by step the narrative makes Hanoi's revolutionary strategy from the end ofthe French Indochina War to the start of the Anti-American Resistance Struggle for Reunification and National Salvation (the Vietnam War) transparent. The book reveals how North Vietnamese leaders moved from a cautious policy emphasizing nonviolent political and diplomatic struggle to a far riskier pursuit of military victory"--
Hanoi's Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-1965 Hardback edition by Pierre Asselin
Foreword by the series editors Acknowledgments Glossary of Terms and Acronyms Introduction 1. Choosing Peace, 1954--1956 2. Changing Course, 1957--1959 3. Treading Cautiously, 1960 4. Buying Time, 1961 5. Exploring Neutralization, 1962 6. Choosing War, 1963 7. Waging War, 1964 Epilogue Notes Bibliography Index
For the French in Indochina, the stunning defeat at Dien Bien Phu ushered in the violent process of decolonization and a fraught reckoning with a colonial past. This is an in-depth study of the competing and intertwined narratives of the Indochina War.
"It would not be an exaggeration to call this one of the soundest international histories of any aspect of the World War II/early Cold War era."--Robert McMahon, author of The Limits of Empire
"This is the new international history at its best, drawing on prodigious research in French, British and American primary sources and an imaginative and persuasive conceptual framework to fundamentally recast how we view this critical period in the history of the Vietnam wars and the Cold War."--Mark Bradley, author of Imagining Vietnam and America
Combining fresh approaches with a historical synthesis, this work presents general history of French Indochina. Focusing on economic, social, intellectual, and cultural dimensions, it treats Indochina's history from its inception in Cochinchina in 1858 to its crumbling at Dien Bien Ph in 1954 and on to decolonization.
In agreeing to the accords, Ho Chi Minh and other leaders of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam anticipated a new period of peace leading to national reunification under their rule; they never imagined that within a decade they would be engaged in an even bigger feud with the United States. This title explores the communist path to war.
Amidst the revolutionary euphoria of August 1945, most Vietnamese believed that colonialism and war were being left behind in favor of independence and modernization. In this title, the author explains what became the largest, most intense mobilization of human resources ever seen in Vietnam.
Explores the position of the Catholic Church in modern Vietnamese history. By demonstrating how French colonial rule allowed for the transformation of Catholic missions in Vietnam into powerful economic and institutional structures, this title discovers the ways race defined cultural prestige and control of resources and institutional authority.
An account that tells how a few men set off a war that would lead to tragedy for millions. It delves into scores of secret French, British, and American political, military, and intelligence documents. It disentangles the complex web of events, actions, and mentalities that led to thirty years of war in Indochina.
Basing on inaccessible Vietnamese materials as well as French, British, Canadian, and American documents, this book examines the internal debates and other elements that shaped Hanoi's revolutionary strategy in the decade preceding US military intervention, and resulting domestic and foreign programs.
Tells how a few men set off a war that would lead to tragedy for millions. Taking us from the antechambers of policymakers in Paris to the docksides of Haiphong and the streets of Hanoi, this title provides an account of the series of events that would make Vietnam the most embattled area in the world during the Cold War period.
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