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George J. Veith & Merle Pribbenow : The Return to War: North Vietnamese Decision-Making, 1973-1975

[ndlr] Parution en ligne d’une étude de George J. Veith et Merle Pribbenow sur la reprise de la guerre après les Accords de Paris de 1973.

Edited and Annotated by George J. Veith
Translations by Merle L. Pribbenow

November 2017

In support of the Cold War International History Project’s efforts to facilitate the release of historical materials from governments on all sides of the Cold War, we have compiled 80 primary source documents dealing with North Vietnam’s decision-making from the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in January 1973 until the end of the war, April 1975. The documents are appended to this Working Paper and accessible on DigitalArchive.org.

Much of this declassified information formed the basis for the book, Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-1975. This array of cables, memoranda, and directives provides a fascinating glimpse inside Hanoi’s choice in 1973 to return to war—despite having just signed the Paris Peace Accords. The files deliver insights into how the Politburo of the Vietnamese Workers’ Party, and its major command in the southern half of South Vietnam known as COSVN, viewed the situation after the accords. These documents clarify, to some extent, Hanoi’s decision to resume armed conflict in the south. They further outline Hanoi’s preparations in 1974 for launching a new offensive and the goals the Politburo wished to achieve, as well as the detailed military planning aimed at defeating South Vietnam. In the 1975 time-frame, the documents provide unique insights into how Hanoi’s military commanders managed the campaign that led to the rapid collapse of South Vietnam.

While this collection is voluminous, the author of and translator for this Working Paper did not include every document released by the editors of the volumes cited in the bibliography. We reviewed each document in various Vietnamese Communist publications, but only chose to translate those directly related to the fall of South Vietnam or those which provided information of broader and significant historical interest. Thus, many documents from the volumes of the Van Kien Dang series (a massive collection of nearly 40,000 pages of mostly internal Vietnamese Communist Party documents) were not translated and included in this Working Paper simply because they dealt with mundane party or economic affairs.

Although this set of documents cannot be considered definitive, it does provide one of the most detailed views of Vietnamese Communist decision-making ever unveiled for a specific period. However, the materials included in this study are almost exclusively documentary, as we chose not to incorporate information from the numerous memoirs, battle studies, or unit histories. We did, though, feature some secondary materials from the 1973 time-frame solely to help illuminate the thin documentary record on the Politburo’s decision to resume armed conflict in the South. While these other sources do generally agree on the Politburo’s review and approval process to resume the war, we suspect that the decision was not as smooth or unanimous as the Party portrays, especially after achieving a spectacular military victory in 1975.

Lire la suite : Wilson Center

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George J. Veith is the author of three books on the Vietnam War, including Code Name Bright Light: The Untold Story of U.S. POW Rescue Efforts during the Vietnam War (1998) and Black April: The Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-1975 (2013).

Merle Pribbenow is a former CIA officer who served in Vietnam from April 1970 to April 1975, and is the translator of Volume 2 of the history of the People’s Army of Vietnam, which was published by the University of Kansas Press as Victory in Vietnam: The Official History of the People’s Army of Vietnam, 1954-1975 (2002).

Dang Nhat minh : Mémoires d’un cinéaste vietnamien

[ndlr] Parution de la traduction des mémoires du réalisateur Dang Nhat Minh.

Dang Nhât Minh est venu au cinéma par hasard. Après ses études secondaires, il est envoyé en URSS pour apprendre le russe. Revenu à Hanoi en 1957, il devient traducteur-interprète et travaille auprès du réalisateur soviétique Aida Abrahimov, venu à Hanoi pour apprendre l’art de la réalisation cinématographique aux jeunes professionnels vietnamiens. À travers son emploi d’interprète-traducteur Dang Nhât Minh apprend en autodidacte en écoutant les leçons du réalisateur et en lisant des revues cinématographiques russes. De 1981 à 2009, ses œuvres cinématographiques, documentaires et films de fiction, en font le cinéaste vietnamien le plus reconnu, non seulement dans son pays, mais aussi à l’étranger.

En 1995 il reçoit le Nikkei Asia Prize de Culture du journal Nihon Keizai Shimbum pour les raisons suivantes : ses films expriment les sentiments des Vietnamiens ainsi que de tous les Asiatiques du monde. En 2008 la chaîne de télévision américaine CNN place son film Quand viendra le dixième mois parmi les 18 meilleurs films asiatiques de tous les temps. En Septembre 2010, l’Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invite Dang Nhât Minh à Hollywood pour rendre hommage à ses qualités de réalisateur.

Source : Presses universitaires de AMU

 

Image « à la une » : l’actrice Lê Vân © DR

Séminaire « Mémoires d’Indochine » 2017 : séance 2

Année universitaire 2017-2018 / Master Asie Orientale Contemporaine (ASIOC) / Semestre 1

ENS de Lyon / Sciences Po Lyon

Mémoires d’Indochine :

Récits de vie, histoire et littérature : connexions et déconnexions

Une séance d’accusation publique (đấu tố) pendant la réforme agraire en RDVN © DR

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La réforme agraire radicale (RDVN 1953-1956)

Séance 2 : mercredi 27 septembre 2017 – salle D4.070 (IAO)

La réforme agraire radicale, menée en RDVN à partir de 1953, a profondément marqué la société du Nord Viêt-Nam. Organisée sur un modèle maoïste, elle a pendant trois ans instituée la violence révolutionnaire dans la vie quotidienne des paysans. Visant à rendre la terre aux paysans, elle a été à l’origine de nombreux abus aux conséquences sanglantes. Si les chiffres officiels des exécutions publiques n’ont jamais été rendus, on estime à 50.000 morts le résultat de cette opération policière sous contrôle chinois. L’appareil d’État, conscient de la dérive, dut mettre sur pied une « campagne de rectification des erreurs » et Hô Chi Minh d’écarter, pendant un temps, le secrétaire général du Parti des Travailleurs du Viêt-Nam, premier responsable politique de la RDVN. Cette séance s’intéresse aux récits littéraires encore imprégnés aujourd’hui de cette fracture interne au communisme vietnamien.

Timbre émis en RDVN en 1954 sur lequel figure les portraits du triumvirat représentant l’union entre les trois Partis communistes du Viêt-Nam, de l’URSS et de la Chine populaire : Gueorgui Malenkov, dirigeant du PCUS, Ho Chi Minh, président de la RDVN et Mao Zedong, président de la RPC et du PCC.

Sources mobilisées :

  • Duong Thu Huong, Les paradis aveugles, Paris, Des Femmes, 1991, p. 24-49.
  • Hoang Minh Tuong, Le temps des génies invincibles, Paris, Editions de la Frémillerie, 2014, p. 153-179.
  • Ta Duy Anh, Passer outre, publié sur Mémoires d’Indochine : https://indomemoires.hypotheses.org/13304

Un regard extérieur :

  • Lise London, Le Printemps des camarades (L’écheveau du temps 2), Paris, Éditions du Seuil, 1996, p. 187-194.

Une référence clé :

  • Tessier, Olivier, « Le ‘grand bouleversement’ (long trời lở đất) : regards croisés sur la réforme agraire en République démocratique du Việt Nam », Bulletin de l’École française d’Extrême-Orient, vol. 95-96 (2008-2009), 2012, pp. [73]-134. PDF en ligne.

 

Image « à la une » et illustration : photographies du journaliste Dimitri Baltermants (1912-1990) lors d’un séjour en RDVN en 1955 © The Dmitri Baltermants Collection/CORBIS. Les autres images connues de la réforme agraire sont de Franz Faber également prises en RDVN en 1955.

Lien-Hang Nguyen : North Vietnam Had an Antiwar Movement, Too [Aug. 25, 2017]

[ndlr] Dans la série Vietnam ’67 du New York Times, un article de l’historienne Lien-Hang Nguyen sur la dissidence en RDVN pendant la guerre.

When we think back to the signal events of the antiwar movement in 1967, we recall the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful April 4 speech denouncing the war, the thousands of returned registration cards during the “Stop the Draft” week, and the March on the Pentagon that brought record numbers of demonstrators to the nation’s capital.

That year also witnessed global protests condemning the war, as demonstrations in European capitals and the International War Crimes Tribunal issued powerful rebukes against American intervention in Southeast Asia. News coverage of the war also shifted that year, including the first call by The New York Times for a halt to the bombing and the initiation of peace talks.

Less well known, but just as significant, was the antiwar “movement” in North Vietnam. Less a movement than a heterogenous array of voices, it included a wide swath of North Vietnamese society, within the government and among the general public.

Some had never wanted to go to war to liberate the South in the first place, and had sought instead to build the North and reunify the country through political means. Educated in the Soviet Union, some of these individuals even occupied prominent positions in the Vietnamese Communist Party. By 1967, these officials were calling on their government to begin negotiations to put an end to the devastating war. When one such party member, Hoang Minh Chinh, disseminated his political views in an essay he called “Dogmatism in Vietnam,” he became the ruling clique’s No. 1 enemy.

Lire la suite : New York Times

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 » : The North Vietnamese Communist Party leader Le Duan strengthened the “counter counterrevolutionary” campaign to quell dissent against the war. © Nehon Denpa News/Associated Press

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
L’ ÉCOLE FRANÇAISE AU VIETNAM DE 1945 À 1975
DE LA MISSION CIVILISATRICE À LA DIPLOMATIE CULTURELLE
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.

https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/134601

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
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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