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Indochina: An Ambiguous Colonization, 1858-1954 / Edition 1

Indochina: An Ambiguous Colonization, 1858-1954 / Edition 1

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Combining new approaches with a groundbreaking historical synthesis, this accessible work is the most thorough and up-to-date general history of French
Indochina available in English. Unique in its wide-ranging attention to economic, social, intellectual, and cultural dimensions, it is the first book to treat
Indochina's entire history from its inception in Cochinchina in 1858 to its crumbling at Dien Bien Ph in 1954 and on to decolonization. Basing their account on original research as well as on the most recent scholarship, Pierre Brocheux and Daniel Hémery tell this story from a perspective that is neither Eurocentric nor nationalistic but that carefully considers the positions of both the colonizers and the colonized. With this approach, they are able to move beyond descriptive history into a rich exploration of the ambiguities and complexities of the French colonial period in
Indochina. Rich in themes and ideas, their account also sheds new light on the national histories of the emerging nation-states of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, making this book essential reading for students, scholars, and general readers interested in the region, in the Vietnam War, or in French imperialism, among other topics.

Caption translations provided in part by Nina Fink.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520269743
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Series: From Indochina to Vietnam: Revolution and War in a Global Perspective , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 508
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Pierre Brocheux is Professor of Contemporary History at Université Paris VII-Denis Diderot and the author of Ho Chi Minh: A Biography and The MeKong Delta: Ecology, Economy and Revolution, 1860-1960. Daniel Hémery is Professor of Contemporary History at Université Paris VII-Denis Diderot and the author of
In the Servitude of Power: Energy and Civilization through the Ages,
among other books.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Foreword to the English-Language Edition xi

Preface xiii

Introduction. Between India and China: At the Crossroads of Civilizations 1

1 The Colonial Moment: The Making of French Indochina, 1858-1897 15

2 The Structures of Domination 70

3 Colonial Capitalism and Development, 1858-1940 116

4 Colonial Society: The Colonizers and the Colonized 181

5 Cultural Transformations 217

6 The Impasses of Colonial Development 250

7 Resistance, Nationalism, and Social Movements, 1900-1939 281

8 The Decline and Fall of the French Empire in the Far East 336

Conclusion. Land of Lost Opportunities: Indochina Ablaze 375

Appendixes 381

Notes 403

Vietnamese Names and Terms 443

Select Bibliography 447

Index 467

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From the Publisher

"There is an extraordinary amount of useful information and well-crafted argument in this book; it deserves to be consulted widely."—Journal of Modern History

"An excellent book."—Asian Affairs

"[A] finely crafted, well-referenced, and indexed work of almost encyclopedic rage."—Journal of Contemporary Asia

"It is the first and still the only comprehensive, synthetic text covering the French period in
Indochina."—South East Asia Research

"A comprehensive and critical account. . . . A rewarding text."—Canadian Journal of History

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