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Britain in Vietnam: Prelude to Disaster, 1945-46

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This book is a study of the circumstances leading to British intervention in Vietnam in 1945, and the course and consequences of this intervention.

The first part of the work links French colonialism with the native communist insurgency, while examining British and Foreign Office attitudes towards French Indochina. The study then looks at the key Anglo-American wartime relationship concerning Indochina and its impact. The second half of the book focuses on the local problems ...

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Britain in Vietnam: Prelude to Disaster, 1945-46

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Overview

This book is a study of the circumstances leading to British intervention in Vietnam in 1945, and the course and consequences of this intervention.

The first part of the work links French colonialism with the native communist insurgency, while examining British and Foreign Office attitudes towards French Indochina. The study then looks at the key Anglo-American wartime relationship concerning Indochina and its impact. The second half of the book focuses on the local problems faced by the British in Southern Indochina, and whether commanding general Douglas Gracey was guilty (as critics have suggested) of collusion with French colonialism. It also examines the wider problems linked to available military resources, and the controversial issues of the role of the OSS and the use of Japanese troops to preserve law and order. Finally, the book makes a groundbreaking link between British intervention and the outbreak of the French-Vietminh war in 1946.

Britain in Vietnam will be of interest to students of British foreign policy, military history and South-East Asian history in general.

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'This book fills a gap in the coverage of the war in Indochina in that it throws the spot light on British involvement in the 1940s.'
Paul Le Long, Asian Affairs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415487474
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Series: Military History and Policy Series
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction     x
Prologue     xiv
Maps     xvii
The jewel in France's crown     1
Japan, Britain and French Indochina     15
The Anglo-American alliance and Indochina     28
The Japanese coup of 9 March 1945 and its consequences     41
The August Revolution     58
The coming of the British     68
The death of an OSS man     87
War with the Viet Minh     100
The last phase     116
Gracey's farewell     131
The slide to disaster     142
A Rubicon crossed     160
Conclusion     177
Annex 1     189
Annex 2     190
Annex 3     191
Annex 4     192
Notes     193
Bibliography     215
Index     220
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