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Nguyen Thuy Phuong : L’école française au Vietnam de 1945 à 1975 [parution]

[ndlr] Parution de l’ouvrage issu de la thèse de Nguyen Thuy Phuong. Présentation de l’éditeur, préface d’Eric Jennings, Professeur d’histoire contemporaine, Université de Toronto : « un travail rigoureux, nuancé et subtil ».

Nguyen Thuy Phuong
Un volume broché, 15,5 × 23 cm, 286 pages — mars 2017
ISBN 978-2-36058-077-4 — Prix public 29.00 €

Cet ouvrage fait revivre la saga de l’école française au Vietnam de 1945 à 1975, ouvrant une fenêtre sur une histoire encore largement méconnue. Pendant trois décennies, des milliers de jeunes vietnamiens suivent un enseignement en langue française au sein d’établissements toujours prestigieux malgré leur passé colonial, havres de savoirs et de paix qui offrent à leurs élèves un véritable avenir dans un pays plongé dans la guerre. Dans cette étude richement documentée à partir de nombreuses archives et témoignages recueillis en France et au Vietnam, Nguyen Thuy Phuong met en lumière les circonstances politiques et idéologiques qui ont façonné cet enseignement à une époque de mutations profondes. Elle trace avec finesse comment la « mission civilisatrice » française se mue en diplomatie culturelle face aux défis que représentent l’arrivée des communistes au pouvoir dans le Nord et celle des Américains dans le Sud du Vietnam. Cette histoire vue du haut est appréhendée aussi par le bas. Le livre décrit, de façon sensible, un univers multiculturel complexe et fragmenté qui a laissé, au-delà des salles de classe, une empreinte profonde sur plusieurs générations d’élèves qui se ressent encore dans les mémoires recueillis.

Ce livre d’une jeune chercheuse talentueuse montre à quel point l’éducation est au cœur des enjeux diplomatiques, culturels et identitaires dans un monde bouleversé par la décolonisation. Une histoire à découvrir et à méditer à l’ère de la mondialisation.

Rebecca Rogers

Premier Prix de l’Histoire de l’éducation Robert Mallet (2015)

Source : Encrage

Lê Thanh Nghị, « Report on meetings with Party leaders of eight socialist countries » [1965]

[ndlr] Signalement d’une archive en ligne sur le site du Wilson Center.

North Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Politburo member Le Thanh Nghi recounts his discussions with socialist leaders in the summer of 1965, just as the war in the south was heating up.

“Report on Meetings with Party Leaders of Eight Socialist Countries”

During these talks, in each country we focused on providing to the Party and State leaders internal information on the Vietnamese people’s struggle against the American imperialist aggressors and on our Party Central Committee’s assessments and policies. We provided clear explanations of the plots of the American imperialists, described the victories our struggle has won, and explained our strategic resolve to defeat the American imperialists, to defend the North, liberate the South, and to advance toward the peaceful unification of our country. We described our determined resolve to overcome all difficulties and hardships in order to achieve total victory, and we clearly spelled out the certainty of our victory. We also told the Soviet Union and the Eastern European countries that if Vietnam did not resolutely defeat the American imperialist will to commit aggression, the American imperialists would become aggressive and would try to put their foot on our collective heads. They would escalate their acts of aggression and instigate wars against a number of the other fraternal countries, including even the Eastern European countries. We made careful presentations so that the fraternal countries would understand that we were not using only military measures in our struggle and that we were not rigid and machine-like; instead we made it clear that we have a clear and profound understanding of our nation’s most sacred revolutionary mission, which is also a heavy and glorious international duty for us.

In general, in all eight socialist countries that we visited (China, the Soviet Union, Poland, Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and North Korea), the Party and State leaders whom we met all indicated that they agreed with our assessments and our analyses; they agreed with the policies and positions of our Party Central Committee; and they said that they would actively support and help us.

[Handwritten: Brother Tuan will type up an official copy, which should be about 20 pages long]

[Handwritten: 24 copies]

Pour citer ce document :

« Lê Thanh Nghị, ‘Report on Meetings with Party Leaders of Eight Socialist Countries’, » 1965, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, 8058 – “Báo cáo của Phó Thủ tướng Lê Thanh Nghị về việc gặp các đồng chí lãnh đạo của Đảng và Nhà nước 8 nước xã hội chủ nghĩa năm 1965,” Phủ Thủ tướng, Vietnam National Archives Center 3 (Hanoi). Obtained by Pierre Asselin and translated by Merle Pribbenow.

Source : Wilson Center Digital Archive

Lien-Hang Nguyen : Who Called the Shots in Hanoi?

[ndlr] Le Viêt-Nam en guerre pendant l’année 1967 : une vue de Hanoi. Signalons cet excellent article de l’historienne Lien-Hang Nguyen.

As any account of combat in the Vietnam War will tell you, America fought an “elusive enemy”: guerrillas who would strike and then disappear; battalion commanders who refused to engage in open battles. But there’s more to the cliché than most people realize. Even by 1967, America’s military, intelligence and civilian leaders had no real idea who was actually calling the shots in Hanoi.

To some extent, this is what the North wanted — the impression that decisions were made collectively, albeit under the gentle guiding hand of President Ho Chi Minh. But the American confusion also, inadvertently, reflected the messy, factionalized reality of North Vietnamese politics, one that historians are only now coming to grasp. Thanks to the slow if capricious process of historical declassification, the publications of renegade memoirs and histories, the dissemination of “open letters” by disgruntled former leaders, and the careful and painstaking research and analysis by Vietnam specialists, we now have a better understanding of who was on top in Hanoi and what battles he waged to get there.

Lire la suite / Read more : The New York Times, The Opinion Pages, 14/02/2017.

Lien-Hang Nguyen is a professor of history at Columbia and the author of the forthcoming “Tet 1968: The Battles That Changed the Vietnam War and the Global Cold War.”

Image « à la une » ; Ho Chi Minh, le président de la RDVN et Le Duan, le secrétaire général du Parti des Travailleurs du Viêt-Nam [futur PCV] à Hanoi.

Christopher Goscha : The 30-Years War in Vietnam

[ndlr] Signalement d’un article en ligne de notre collègue Christopher Goscha, professeur à l’UQAM. Rubrique : Vietnam ’67/// Historians, veterans and journalists recall 1967 in Vietnam, a year that changed the war and changed America.

vietnam67It should go without saying that the Vietnam War is remembered by different people in very different ways. Most Americans remember it as a war fought between 1965 and 1975 that bogged down their military in a struggle to prevent the Communists from marching into Southeast Asia, deeply dividing Americans as it did. The French remember their loss there as a decade-long conflict, fought from 1945 to 1954, when they tried to hold on to the Asian pearl of their colonial empire until losing it in a place called Dien Bien Phu.

The Vietnamese, in contrast, see the war as a national liberation struggle, or as a civil conflict, depending on which side they were on, ending in victory in 1975 for one side and tragedy for the other. For the Vietnamese, it was above all a 30-year conflict transforming direct and indirect forms of fighting into a brutal conflagration, one that would end up claiming over three million Vietnamese lives.

The point is not that one perspective is better or more accurate than the other. What’s important, rather, is to understand how the colonial war, the civil war and the Cold War intertwined to produce such a deadly conflagration by 1967.

Lire la suite : The New York Times, 07/02/2017.

Image « à la une » : Prise du PC-GONO par les soldats Vietminh de la division 316 dans la soirée du 7 mai 1954. © AFP/VNA

Tran Van Thuy and Le Thanh Dung : The Memoir of a Vietnamese Filmmaker in War and Peace [parution]

[ndlr] Traduction en anglais des mémoires du cinéaste Tran Van Thuy. Présentation de l’éditeur.

In Whose Eyes

The Memoir of a Vietnamese Filmmaker in War and Peace
A Vietnamese perspective on the Vietnam war and its legacies

Trân Van Thuy is a celebrated Vietnamese filmmaker of more than twenty award-winning documentaries. A cameraman for the People’s Army of Vietnam during the Vietnam War, he went on to achieve international fame as the director of films that address the human costs of the war and its aftermath.

Thuy’s memoir, when published in Vietnam in 2013, immediately sold out. In this translation, English-language readers are now able to learn in rich detail about the life and work of this preeminent artist. Written in a gentle and charming style, the memoir is filled with reflections on war, peace, history, freedom of expression, and filmmaking. Thuy also offers a firsthand account of the war in Vietnam and its aftermath from a Vietnamese perspective, adding a dimension rarely encountered in English-language literature.

Source : University of Massachusetts Amherst

Le drapeau de la République Démocratique du Viêt-Nam [RDVN / DRV] – 14 septembre 1945

[ndlr] Documents visuels de la séance 2.

Parution dans le Cứu Quốc [Salut National], journal du Front Viêt-Minh, édition du 14 septembre 1945  du schéma du drapeau national et de ses dimensions officielles.

cuuquoc_14-09-1945cuuquoc_banphucsaclenh5_14-09-1945Vue rapprochée des dimensions du pavillon national.

flag_of_north_vietnam_1945-1955Le drapeau du Viêt-Minh, adopté en 1941, est devenu l’emblème officiel de la RDVN entre 1945 et 1955. La forme de l’étoile fut modifiée par décret (249/SL) le 30 novembre 1955 pour prendre la forme du drapeau désormais en vigueur en République socialiste du Viêt-Nam depuis 1976 © Wikimedia

Pour en savoir plus, voir la notice Wikipedia en vietnamien : Quốc kỳ Việt Nam Dân chủ Cộng hòa

Archives : Collectif intersyndical universitaire d’Action Vietnam Laos Cambodge

[ndlr] Message de Francis Gendreau, secrétaire du Comité pour la coopération scientifique et technique avec le Vietnam (CCSTVN), sur le versement des archives de ce comité aux Archives Nationales à l’attention des chercheurs ou des doctorants. Le CCSTVN (sous l’appellation de Collectif intersyndical universitaire d’Action Vietnam Laos Cambodge) est une association qui a été très active pendant la guerre du Vietnam.

Les archives du Comité pour la coopération scientifique et technique avec le Vietnam (CCSTVN) ont été versées en deux temps aux Archives nationales. D’où deux fonds :

  • Le premier, versé en 2000, concerne les archives du « Collectif intersyndical Vietnam Laos Cambodge » (l’ancêtre du CCSTVN), correspond à la période 1965-1976 et constitue le versement coté 20000529/1 à 8 ; son inventaire est consultable en ligne dans la salle des inventaires virtuelle.
  • Le second versement a été fait en 2009 et concerne la vie du Comité de 1976 (date de sa création) à 2004 ; il est coté 20090217/ 1 à 30 ; son inventaire n’est pas en ligne.

Ces deux versements sont librement consultables aux Archives nationales, au site de Pierrefitte-sur-Seine.

Pour en savoir plus :

Fonds privés ; Collectif intersyndical universitaire d’Action Vietnam Laos Cambodge 1965-1976

Annick Suzor Weiner et Michel Pédoussaut, Le Comité pour la coopération scientifique et technique avec le Vietnam, AAFV, 24/08/2008.

Image « à la une » : Chapeaux de paille pour protéger les enfants contre les éclats de bombe. Carte du Collectif Intersyndical Universitaire d’Action pour la Paix au Vietnam [196-], Fond Bertrand Russell, McMaster University Libraries.

Merle Pribbenow: The Soviet-Vietnamese Intelligence Relationship during the Vietnam War

[ndlr] Parution en décembre 2014 d’un article intéressant de Merle L. Pribbenow II. En téléchargement libre (pdf) sur le site du Wilson Center à Washington DC.

Soviet intelligence gathering trawler Gidrofon in the Gulf of Tonkin, as photographed from USS Lipan, 1968 © Wilson Center / CWIHP


The Soviet-Vietnamese Intelligence Relationship during the Vietnam War / By Merle Pribbenow

In CWIHP Working Paper No. 73, « The Soviet-Vietnamese Intelligence Relationship during the Vietnam War: Cooperation and Conflict, » Merle Pribbenow explores the role played by Soviet Union’s intelligence agencies, namely the KGB and the GRU, in the Vietnam War. Long-held assumptions that the Soviets provided signals intelligence to the Vietnamese have never been positively confirmed, and this paper shows that great conflict between the intelligence organizations of these two nations, whose goals and policies were not always in agreement, existed from the First Indochina War until American withdrawal in 1975.

Merle L. Pribbenow II graduated from the University of Washington in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.  After serving in the CIA for 27 years, he retired in 1995 and is now an independent researcher/author specializing in the Vietnam War. Pribbenow is a longtime partner with the Cold War International History Project and has authored numerous papers with CWIHP including, e-Dossier No. 33 – North Vietnam’s « Talk-Fight » Strategy and the 1968 Peace Negotiations with the United States; e-Dossier No. 30 – Treatment of American POWs in North Vietnam; e-Dossier No. 28 – Vietnam Trained Commando Forces in Southeast Asia and Latin America; and Working Paper No. 73 – The Soviet-Vietnamese Intelligence Relationship during the Vietnam War: Cooperation and Conflict.

Source : Wilson Center

Từ vụ ‘Xét lại chống Đảng’ tới Nam tiến [BBC]

[ndlr] Le décès récent (22 février) du colonel Lê Trọng Nghĩa ranime les questions autour de la conduite de la guerre entre le Nord et le Sud. Retour sur les hommes de l’appareil politico-militaire de la RDVN fascinés par la doctrine guerrière maoïste et sur l’affaire dite des « révisionnistes anti-Parti ». Entretien de Nguyễn Minh Cần, en exil à Moscou depuis 1964, sur la BBC.

Lê Trọng Nghĩa (1922-2015) © BBC


Từ vụ ‘Xét lại chống Đảng’ tới Nam tiến

Một trong những người liên quan tới vụ ‘Xét lại chống Đảng’ và phải sống lưu vong tại Moscow từ năm 1964 nói khó có khả năng giới lãnh đạo hiện nay và những người kế tiếp họ sẽ xem xét lại vụ việc.

Ông Nguyễn Minh Cần, cựu Phó Chủ tịch thành phố Hà Nội, người từ chối bỏ học để trở về Việt Nam theo yêu cầu của Đảng Cộng sản hồi năm 1964, cũng nói khó có thể biện minh cho cuộc chiến Bắc Nam.

Trong phỏng vấn với Nguyễn Hùng hôm 24/2, trước hết ông Cần nói về Đại tá Lê Trọng Nghĩa, một nạn nhân của vụ xét lại chống Đảng và người vừa qua đời ở Hà Nội hôm Chủ Nhật, 22/2/2015:

« Đại tá Lê Trọng Nghĩa là người có vai trò trong Cách mạng tháng Tám…

« Anh Nghĩa lúc bấy giờ thay mặt cho Việt Minh để bàn bạc với chính phủ Trần Trọng Kim.

« Tức là trong năm cuộc gặp nhau để bàn bạc thì có mặt của anh Nghĩa.

« Sau khi anh làm việc cho Đại tướng Võ Nguyên Giáp thì anh là người rất có đạo đức và là người rất kiên cường trong việc bảo vệ quan điểm của mình.

« Quan điểm của anh cũng như quan điểm của tất cả chúng tôi, những anh em bị quy là ‘xét lại chống Đảng’, tức là không chấp nhận đi theo đường lối của Mao Trạch Đông.

« Đi theo đường lối của Mao Trạch Đông, muốn hay không muốn, sẽ dẫn tới đấu tranh vũ trang để gây ra cuộc chiến giữa Bắc và Nam.

« Thái độ của anh Nghĩa rất rõ ràng cho tới cuối cùng. Đây là điểm tôi rất kính mến, » ông Cần nói với BBC trong phỏng vấn hôm 24/2.

Lire la suite : BBC, 25/02/2015.

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‘Xét lại’ và cuộc chiến Nam Bắc

Ông Nguyễn Minh Cần, cựu quan chức sống lưu vong ở Moscow từ 1964, nói về nội tình vụ ‘xét lại’ và cuộc chiến Nam Bắc.

Nguyễn Hùng của BBC nói chuyện với vị cựu Phó Chủ tịch Ủy ban Hành chính Hà Nội hôm 24/2 nhân ngày diễn ra tang lễ Đại tá Lê Trọng Nghĩa, một nạn nhân của vụ ‘Xét lại chống Đảng’ trong đó thư ký hay cựu thư ký của cả Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh và Đại tướng Võ Nguyên Giáp bị bắt giam.

Quý vị có thể đọc toàn bài tại đường dẫn này và có thể đăng ký trên YouTube để theo dõi các video dạng HD của BBC.

Source : BBC, 25/02/2015.


Ouvrages de Nguyen Minh Can :

  • Nguyễn Minh Cần, Công lý đòi hỏi, Westminster, CA, Văn nghệ, 1997.
  • Nguyễn Minh Cần, Chuyện nước non, Westminster, CA, Văn nghệ, 1999.

  • Nguyễn Minh Cần, Đảng Cộng sản Việt Nam qua những biến động trong phong trào cộng sản quốc tế, Westminster, CA, Tuổi xanh, [2001].

Voir aussi :

Décès de l’écrivain Bùi Ngọc Tấn (1934-2014) à Hải Phòng

BuiNgocTanL’écrivain Bùi Ngọc Tấn est décédé à Hải Phòng le 18 décembre 2014 à l’âge de 81 ans.

Bùi Ngọc Tấn naquit en 1934 au village de Câu Tử Ngoại, commune de Hợp Thành dans le district de Thủy Nguyên à Hải Phòng. Il débuta sa carrière d’écrivain en 1954. Auparavant, il avait été journaliste dans le quotidien Tiền Phong [Avant-Garde] où il publia sous le nom de plume de Tân Sắc.

Il fut dans les années soixante une victime de la campagne politique dite « du révisionisme anti-parti » (Xét Lại Chống Đảng). Incarcéré pendant cinq ans sans jugement dans les prisons de la République Démocratique du Viêt-Nam (Nord Viêt-Nam), il a relaté cette expérience dans un récit autobiographique intitulé Chuyện Kể Năm 2000 (Histoire racontée en l’an 2000). Ce texte décrit la répression des intellectuels par les autorités policières nord-vietnamiennes et expose le visage de l’appareil totalitaire de cette époque.

Pourtant édité au Viêt-Nam (Nxb Thanh Niên), ce livre fut rapidement interdit par la censure et eut un grand retentissement au sein des intellectuels. Il a été depuis réédité à l’extérieur du Viêt-Nam. Son témoignage exceptionnel fut traduit en anglais, en français (sous le titre Conte pour les siècles à venir, L’Aube, 2013) et en allemand. En France, il publia également chez le même éditeur Une vie de chien et La Mer et le martin-pêcheur, couronné par le prix Henri-Queffélec. La presse vietnamienne lui a rendu un hommage appuyé (Tiền Phong, Tuổi Trẻ, VN Express…).


Sources : RFA, 18/12/2014 ; L’Orient, 19/12/2014 (AFP).

Couverture de l’ouvrage édité chez Nxb Thanh Niên en 2000.

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