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The First Vietnam War

Colonial Conflict And Cold War Crisis

How did the conflict between Vietnamese nationalists and French colonial rulers erupt into a major Cold War struggle between communism and Western liberalism? To understand the course of the Vietnam wars, it is essential to explore the connections between events within Vietnam and global geopolitical currents in the decade after the Second World War.

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. Several essays break new ground in the study of the Vietnamese revolution and the establishment of the political and military apparatus that successfully challenged both France and the United States. Other essays explore the roles of China, France, Great Britain, and the United States, all of which contributed to the transformation of the conflict from a colonial skirmish to a Cold War crisis.

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 grand clash between East and West and North and South in the middle years of the twentieth century.




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Title: The first Vietnam War : colonial conflict and cold war crisis / edited by Mark Atwood Lawrence, Fredrik Logevall.
Publisher Date: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007.
Subject: Indochinese War, 1946-1954
Isbn: 0674023714 (cloth) 9780674023710 (cloth) 0674023927 (pbk. : alk. paper) 9780674023925 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 959.7041 Fir
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Format: Book
Title: The first Vietnam War : colonial conflict and cold war crisis / edited by Mark Atwood Lawrence, Fredrik Logevall.
Publisher, Date: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007.
Description: viii, 374 p. : map ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Indochinese War, 1946-1954
Other Author: Lawrence, Mark Atwood
Other Author: Logevall, Fredrik, 1963-
Other Title: 1st Vietnam War
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-356) and index.
Contents: 1. Introduction / Mark Atwood Lawrence and Fredrik Logevall -- 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 -- 4. Franklin Roosevelt, trusteeship, and Indochina : a reassessment / Stein Tønnesson -- 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 -- 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. "The same struggle for liberty" : Korea and Vietnam / Marilyn B. Young -- 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
LCCN: 2006046497 * 2006046496
ISBN: 0674023714 (cloth)
ISBN: 9780674023710 (cloth)
ISBN: 0674023927 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780674023925 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 959.7041 Fir