The First Vietnam War: Colonial Conflict and Cold War Crisis

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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.
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Few Americans realize that the U.S. war in Vietnam was preceded by an equally destructive war waged by French troops attempting to reestablish French colonial domination over the country after Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnamese independence in Hanoi in 1945. Even fewer Americans are aware of the extent of U.S. involvement in the French war, and are equally ignorant of the astonishing extent to which Americans began their war in Vietnam from the same mistaken assumptions as the French, repeating many of the same errors of judgment as the French. This new collection will do much to dispel that ignorance.
— C. L. Yates
Journal of Military History
Offers a well written, important step toward a refocus on the international context of an important Cold War conflict.
— Douglas Porch
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Few Americans realize that the U.S. war in Vietnam was preceded by an equally destructive war waged by French troops attempting to reestablish French colonial domination over the country after Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnamese independence in Hanoi in 1945. Even fewer Americans are aware of the extent of U.S. involvement in the French war, and are equally ignorant of the astonishing extent to which Americans began their war in Vietnam from the same mistaken assumptions as the French, repeating many of the same errors of judgment as the French. This new collection will do much to dispel that ignorance.
— C. L. Yates

Journal of Military History

Offers a well written, important step toward a refocus on the international context of an important Cold War conflict.
— Douglas Porch

Robert J. McMahon
In this important book an impressive international group of historians sheds fresh light on the First Indochina War. The years 1945 to 1954 are not just a crucial, formative period for the Vietnamese-American relationship, but also a significant chapter in the international history of the twentieth century. This work will prove most welcome to scholars and general readers alike.
Christopher Goscha
The most important contribution in decades to the international history of the First Vietnam War. These essays by leading specialists show how the Indochina War connected key participants and historical forces in the making of the post-1945 international system. This book belongs in the library of anyone interested in the Cold War, decolonization, Asian history, Vietnamese studies, and international history.
Robert K. Brigham
A fresh collection of stimulating and impressive essays on the First Vietnam War. Lawrence and Logevall have brought together the leading scholars of the period in what will be essential reading for anyone interested in colonialism and the early Cold War.
George C. Herring
A splendid collection of essays based on sources from across the world and covering a wide range of topics. An indispensable addition to the literature on the First Vietnam War.
Melvyn P. Leffler
The First Vietnam War beautifully illustrates the complex interplay between the emerging Cold War, the disintegrating colonial order, and the vibrant social, political, and cultural forces inside Indochina. The volume confirms the promise of the new international history­-multi-archival, multi-national, and multi-causal.
Choice - C. L. Yates
Few Americans realize that the U.S. war in Vietnam was preceded by an equally destructive war waged by French troops attempting to reestablish French colonial domination over the country after Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnamese independence in Hanoi in 1945. Even fewer Americans are aware of the extent of U.S. involvement in the French war, and are equally ignorant of the astonishing extent to which Americans began their war in Vietnam from the same mistaken assumptions as the French, repeating many of the same errors of judgment as the French. This new collection will do much to dispel that ignorance.
Journal of Military History - Douglas Porch
Offers a well written, important step toward a refocus on the international context of an important Cold War conflict.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674023710
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Atwood Lawrence is Associate Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin.

Fredrik Logevall is Professor of History at Cornell University.

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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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