The Road to Vietnam

France, the US and the First Vietnam War

Serie: International Library of Twentieth Century History 108

The Road to Vietnam

The Vietnam War lasted twenty years and resulted in the deaths of over 58,000 American soldiers, with many more Vietnamese victims. Les mer
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The Road to Vietnam

The Vietnam War lasted twenty years and resulted in the deaths of over 58,000 American soldiers, with many more Vietnamese victims. But the roots of the American-led conflict lay in the complex colonial history of Vietnam itself. Here, Pablo de Orellana uses recently declassified material to provide a new interpretation of the diplomatic failures and processes that lead to the outbreak and continuation of the conflict. Through a focus on the first Vietnam War, de Orellana shows how and why a Southeast Asian French colony already devastated by two wars came to be seen as an existential threat by policymakers in the United States, and how an attempt to stem the influence of the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China spiraled out of control. The Road to Vietnam features new archival documents, including diplomatic notes and briefing material, to construct a new history of America's descent into conflict. This will be an essential resource for scholars and students of the Vietnam War and 20th Century diplomatic history.

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
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Prelude
PART I OUVERTURES
1. The Road to Vietnam: historical debates, and the question of representation
Historical debates
Constructing diplomatic understanding of France and Vietminh
Understanding representation in diplomacy: historical and conceptual requirements
2. Reading diplomatic knowledge: analytics and sources
Conceptual developments: Postructuralism, identity, and text
Analysing representation of identity in diplomacy: from concepts to methods
On the archival trail of the First Vietnam War: sources
3. Diplomatic pathways

PART II DIPLOMATIC TEXT AND THE WORDS OF IDENTITY
1. The Vietminh rebel alliance: universal rights and self-determination
2. The French Empire strikes back: aggression against D?c L?p
3. Vietminh as Fascists: Vietnam does not exist
4. Vietminh as Communists: 'Moscow's interest in Indo-China'
5. A 'united front' and 'the left-wing trend of the Viet-Minh'
6. D'Argenlieu's 'sudden raising of the Communist bogey'
7. Meeting 'radical Annamese opponents of both France and Japan'
8. Creating Pyle's "Third Force": 'a truly nationalist government'

PART III DIPLOMATIC STRUGGLES OVER IDENTITY 1948-1945
1. Late 1948-September 1947: the year of the Stalinist domino
France
Britain
US
Vietminh
2. August 1947-September 1946: French intransigence and Anglo-Saxon antipathy
France
Britain
US
Vietminh
3. August 1946-April 1945: WWII ghosts and rethinking colonialism
France
Britain
US
Vietminh

Epilogue
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY

A study of how political identity influenced the diplomatic relations between the US, France and Vietnam in the period between 1945-1948.

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