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? In this illuminating work, leading scholars examine various dimensions of the struggle between France and Vietnamese revolutionaries that began in 1945 and reached its climax at Dien Bien Phu. Taken together,… 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? In this illuminating work, leading scholars examine various dimensions of the struggle between France and Vietnamese revolutionaries that began in 1945 and reached its climax at Dien Bien Phu. Taken together, the essays enable us to understand the origins of the later American war in Indochina by positioning Vietnam at the center of the clash between East and West and North and South in the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674023925
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,080,488
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

1. Introduction

Mark Atwood Lawrence and Fredrik Logevall

Part I. The First Vietnam War in History

2. Making Sense of the French War: The Postcolonial Moment and the First Vietnam War, 1945-1954

Mark Philip Bradley

3. Vietnamese Historians and the First Indochina War

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen

Part II. From One War to Another

4. Franklin Roosevelt, Trusteeship, and Indochina: A Reassessment

Stein Tonnesson

5. Creating Defense Capacity in Vietnam, 1945-1947

David G. Marr

6. Forging the "Great Combination": Britain and the Indochina Problem, 1945-1950

Mark Atwood Lawrence

7. French Imperial Reconstruction and the Development of the Indochina War, 1945-1950

Martin Thomas

Part III. Colonialism and Cold War

8. Ho Chi Minh and the Strategy of People's War

William J. Duiker

9. The Declining Value of Indochina: France and the Economics of Empire, 1950-1955

Laurent Cesari

10. France, the United States, and Indochina

Marilyn B. Young

Part IV. The End of the French War and the Coming of the Americans

11. Assessing Dien Bien Phu

John Prados

12. China and the Indochina Settlement at the Geneva Conference of 1954

Chen Jian

13. After Geneva: The French Presence in Vietnam, 1954-1963

Kathryn C. Statler

14. Chronicle of a War Foretold: The United States and Vietnam, 1945-1954

Andrew J. Rotter

Notes

Contributors

Index

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