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The Vietnamese Revolution of 1945
Roosevelt, Ho Chi Minh and de Gaulle in a World at War



September 1991 | 470 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Through masterful and impressive control of a wealth of detail combined with a complex and subtle but gracefully persuasive argument, the author presents an authoritative account of how Ho Chi-Minh and his followers achieved power at the end of WW II." --Choice "The chief value of this book, and why it is highly recommended, is its wealth of detail about what was the single most crucial moment for the Vietnamese in the entire 20th century." --Indochina Chronology "A very interesting book. . . . which deserves to be widely read." --Journal of Southeast Asian Studies "Those readers fortunate enough to be familiar with Stein Tfnnesson's previous work are well aware of his ability to combine meticulous scholarship with a penchant to question accepted wisdom. In this book, Tfnnesson maintains these high standards, shedding important new light on one of the less well-known periods of modern Vietnamese history: the years leading up to the August Revolution of 1945. . . .Tfnnesson's portrayal of Roosevelt's Indochina policy will be perhaps the most debated aspect of his book. . . .It is a striking scenario, one worthy of further debate." --American Historical Review "During the entire dreadful and ruinous saga of Vietnamese history since 1939, the single most important brief period was undoubtedly the . . . August, 1945 uprising in Hanoi leading to the short-lived Vietnamese Republic under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh. . . . What is needed is a contemporary, detailed account of this brief, but momentously important interlude. Norwegian scholar Stein Tonnesson has gone a long way toward filing this void in The Vietnamese Revolution of 1945: Ho Chi Minh and de Gaulle in a World at War. . . . The author's work is the most complete we have and consequently becomes a must read for every serious student of Vietnam. . . . Scholars in this field should welcome this work warmly." --Pacific Historical Review This first in-depth study of the antecedents and conduct of the Vietnamese Revolution hypothesizes that the fall of the French colonial regime and its substitution by a Vietnamese Democratic Republic were the results of two causal chains: Roosevelt's Indochina policy, which effectively created a power vacuum after the Japanese surrender, and the founding of the Vietnamese Communist Party in 1930 and its subsequent construction of a Front for the Independence of Vietnam. Placing the Vietnamese Revolution within the context of international developments, Tonnesson links the Revolution to World War II strategies and French and U.S. policies. This definitive work analyzes the crucial fifteen years which culminated in the establishment of Vietnam. Included in his analysis is a wealth of information from previously unexploited archival sources in France, the United States, Vietnam, Great Britain, and Sweden.
 
Introduction
 
A Placid Haven
 
A Nation-in-Waiting
 
The Viet Minh
 
Colliding Plans
 
Deception and False Expectations
 
End of an Order
 
A Shadow
 
A Nation-State Founded in Famine
 
Two Theatres of War
 
Two Strategies of Insurrection
 
August
 
Conclusions

`The chief value of this book, and why it is highly recommended, is its wealth of detail about what was the single most crucial moment for the Vietnamese in the entire 20th century' - Indochina Chronology

`Through masterful and impressive control of a wealth of detail combined with a complex and subtle but gracefully persuasive argument, the author presents an authoritative account of how Ho Chi-Minh and his followers achieved power at the end of WW II' - Choice

`This is unquestionably the most fully documented study of the Western language sources for the interantional history of the August Revolution. And we are in the author's debt for his interesting theoretical and historiographical discussion of the August Days and their implications for our understanding of revolutions in general and the Vietnamese Revolution in particular. The Vietnamese Revolution is a superbly crafted and brilliantly organized structure' - Pacific Affairs

`The result is a book based on exceptionally fine research, with a good theoretical underpinning.... [Tonnesson] is an excellent researcher and someone of deep reading and knowledge of social scientific theory' - Peace and Change

`Those readers fortunate enough to be familiar with Stein Tonnesson's previous works are well aware of his ability to combine meticulous scholarship with a penchant to question accepted wisdom. In this book, Tonnesson maintains these high standards, shedding important new light on one of the less well-known periods of modern Vietnamese history: the years leading up to the August Revolution of 1945' - American Historical Review

`The author's work is the most complete we have and consequently becomes a 'must read' for every serious student of Vietnam....Tonnesson has taken on an enormously complex and very important task. In general he acquits himself well, and scholars in the field should welcome this work warmly' - Pacific Historical Review

`Tonnesson has provided us with the best account to date of the interaction of international and internal causes bringing about the Vietnamese Revolution of 1945' - Asian Studies Review

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ISBN: 9780803985216
£114.00