The First Vietnam War: Colonial Conflict and Cold War Crisis

The First Vietnam War: Colonial Conflict and Cold War Crisis

by Mark Atwood Lawrence
     
 

How did the conflict between Vietnamese nationalists and French colonial rulers erupt into a major Cold War struggle between communism and Western liberalism? These illuminating essays examine various dimensions of the conflict, from the nature of the Vietnamese revolution to the roles of China, Britain, and France to the origins of the American war in Indochina.… See more details below

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How did the conflict between Vietnamese nationalists and French colonial rulers erupt into a major Cold War struggle between communism and Western liberalism? These illuminating essays examine various dimensions of the conflict, from the nature of the Vietnamese revolution to the roles of China, Britain, and France to the origins of the American war in Indochina. Vietnam stood at the center of the grand clash in the twentieth century between not only East and West but also North and South, a deadly convergence of colonialism and Cold War tensions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674023710
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2007
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Acronyms     ix
Map of Vietnam     x
Introduction   Mark Atwood Lawrence   Fredrik Logevall     1
The First Vietnam War in History
Making Sense of the French War: The Postcolonial Moment and the First Vietnam War, 1945-1954   Mark Philip Bradley     16
Vietnamese Historians and the First Indochina War   Lien-Hang T. Nguyen     41
From One War to Another
Franklin Roosevelt, Trusteeship, and Indochina: A Reassessment   Stein Tonnesson     56
Creating Defense Capacity in Vietnam, 1945-1947   David G. Marr     74
Forging the "Great Combination": Britain and the Indochina Problem, 1945-1950   Mark Atwood Lawrence     105
French Imperial Reconstruction and the Development of the Indochina War, 1945-1950   Martin Thomas     130
Colonialism and Cold War
Ho Chi Minh and the Strategy of People's War   William J. Duiker     152
The Declining Value of Indochina: France and the Economics of Empire, 1950-1955   Laurent Cesari     175
"The Same Struggle for Liberty": Korea and Vietnam   Marilyn B. Young     196
The End of the French War and the Coming of the Americans
Assessing Dien Bien Phu   John Prados     215
China and the Indochina Settlement at the Geneva Conference of 1954   Chen Jian     240
After Geneva: The French Presence in Vietnam, 1954-1963   Kathryn C. Statler     263
Chronicle of a War Foretold: The United States and Vietnam, 1945-1954   Andrew J. Rotter     282
Notes     309
Contributors     357
Index     359

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