Archives par mot-clé : FNL-Sud Viêt Nam

François Guillemot : La guerre civile au Viêt-Nam, approche polémologique et pratique révolutionnaire

[ndlr] Communication de François Guillemot dans le séminaire de l’ERC : Social Dynamics of Civil Wars.

La prochaine séance du séminaire « Social Dynamics of Civil Wars » aura lieu :

Le mercredi 21 novembre 2018 de 18h à 20h  

Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne – Centre Broca 

21 rue Broca, 75005 Paris

Bâtiment A / salle 701 / 7ème étage

Nous aurons le plaisir d’accueillir François Guillemot, ingénieur de recherche CNRS à l’Institut d’Asie Orientale (ENS Lyon), pour une intervention intitulée :

« La guerre civile au Viêt-Nam, approche polémologique et pratique révolutionnaire ».

Résumé :

L’intervention de François Guillemot questionnera à travers deux textes inédits la catégorie « guerre civile » confrontée à l’expérience vietnamienne entre 1945 et 1975. La plus grande partie de sa communication vise à expliquer comment la « guerre du peuple », théorisée par le général Vo Nguyên Giap, se transforme en « guerre civile révolutionnaire » au Sud dans le contexte de la Guerre froide, de la rupture sino-soviétique et du communisme de guerre sous l’égide de Lê Duân. Ainsi, deux polémologies se sont concurrencées et croisées pour le leadership de la conduite et des modalités de la guerre. La stratégie de la lutte à outrance ne fut pas sans conséquences pour le coût général du conflit et questionne encore aujourd’hui la réconciliation nationale. Invisible dans l’historiographie officielle, le concept de « guerre civile » est peu à peu admis par les historiens vietnamiens à l’intérieur du pays alors qu’il apparaît comme une évidence dès les années soixante pour les intellectuels et artistes de la République du Viêt-Nam (1955-1975). Pour illustrer son propos, François Guillemot évoquera la pratique des « Biêt Dông », les commandos urbains vietnamiens dans la « guerre civile révolutionnaire » au sud. Une discussion générale suivra cette communication qui s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’ERC « Dynamiques sociales de la guerre civile » (Social Dynamics of Civil Wars) portée par Gilles Dorronsoro.

  • Ouvrage cité : François Guillemot, Viêt-Nam, fractures d’une nation. Une histoire contemporaine de 1858 à nos jours, Paris, La Découverte, Poche / Sciences humaines et sociales, 2018.

Image « à la une » :  Echange de prisonniers vietnamiens entre le Nord et le Sud, Bien Hoa 1973. La pancarte dit : « Retourner chez les communistes s’est se suicider ». Source : Manh Hai

“1969: Vietnamization and the Year of Transition in the Vietnam War” (Call for Papers and Panels)

Message de Steve Maxner du Vietnam Center à l’université Lubbock du Texas.

Conference Call for Papers and Panels
“1969:  Vietnamization and the Year of Transition in the Vietnam War”

April 25-27, 2019, Lubbock, Texas

The Vietnam Center and Archive (VNCA) and the Institute for Peace & Conflict (IPAC) at Texas Tech University are pleased to announce a conference focused on the year 1969. We expect in this conference to approach a wide range of historical events and topics by hosting presenters who examine diplomatic, military, international, regional, and domestic aspects of the Vietnam War. We also seek presentations that reflect the recent and emerging scholarship on the transition of leadership from Johnson to Nixon and from Westmoreland to Abrams in challenging and complicating existing interpretations of them and their policies. We are also particularly interested in papers that address the concepts of “Vietnamization” and the shift toward “pacification.” We seek presentations that reflect all participants and perspectives, including those of the US, RVN, DRV, NLF, and other nations involved. Additional areas of interest include the strategic and tactical decision-making to expand the war into Cambodia with OPERATION MENU. We also encourage presentations that examine the social and religious aspects of the war, the antiwar and peace movements at home and abroad, the effect of journalism and reporting on the war, and the efforts to end the conflict through international diplomacy and military and diplomatic means in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

This two-day conference will be hosted in Lubbock, Texas. Conference organizers welcome both individual presentation proposals as well as pre-organized panel proposals that include a moderator/commentator and three individual presentations. Conference sessions will follow the standard 90-minute format to include 60 minutes for presentations (20 minutes per presentation) followed by 30 minutes for commentary, questions, and discussion. Presentations by veterans are especially encouraged as are presentations by graduate students. Graduate student travel grants will be made available to select students. All presentations will be video recorded and made publicly available after the conference via the Vietnam Center and Archive website. Select papers may also be published in a collection by the TTU Press.

Proposal submission deadline is February 1, 2019.

Please submit a 250-word abstract and separate two-page CV/resume to VietnamConference.TTU@gmail.com. The program committee of Ron Milam, Steve Maxner, Justin Hart, Dave Lewis, and Laura Calkins will evaluate all paper proposals and develop a program that reflects the many remarkable aspects of 1969. If submitting a panel proposal, please include separate abstracts for each proposed presentation and CVs/resumes for each speaker.

Thank you for your interest in participating in this conference.

Understanding Insurgencies: Colonial Insurgencies as Transnational Phenomena – 27-28 avril 2018

[ndlr] Annonce d’une importante  journée d’étude à l’UQAM (Montréal).

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Understanding Insurgencies: Colonial Insurgencies as Transnational Phenomena

27-28 avril 2018

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

 

Présentation de la journée d’étude :

Depuis la Seconde guerre mondiale, le monde a connu des conflits marqués par la guérilla, les guerres irrégulières et les « insurgencies ». Les gouvernements occidentaux confrontés à ces mouvements eurent toutes les peines à les arrêter. Les expériences nationales des guerres de décolonisation ont certes fait l’objet d’études, mais rares sont celles qui comparent la désintégration des empires occidentaux et qui s’interrogent sur la manière dont ces expériences coloniales peuvent nous aider à mieux comprendre les conflits qui secouent encore le monde aujourd’hui – en Syrie, Iraq et Afghanistan. Ce projet de collaboration avec l’Université d’Exeter – intitulé Comprendre les insurrections : Résonances du passé colonial – réunit des chercheurs européens et nord-américains à travers huit ateliers incluant le nôtre: « Les insurrections coloniales comme des phénomènes transnationaux. »

Cet évènement réunira une douzaine de spécialistes autour du thème des connexions transnationales qui ont pu exister entre les mouvements anticolonialistes d’un côté et les puissances impériales de l’autre. Quels liens, au juste, existaient entre ces mouvements anticolonialistes qui se battaient pourtant souvent très loin les uns des autres ? Comment ces mouvements insurrectionnels et contre-insurrectionnels ont-ils pu gagner des soutiens aux niveaux régional et international ? Quels furent les idées, les expériences, les savoirs et les matériaux qui circulaient entre les groupes ? Et comment l’opinion mondiale et les nouvelles organisations internationales ont-elles compris et interagi avec la décolonisation ?

Jusqu’à récemment, la plupart des chercheurs ont étudié les guerres de décolonisation dans un cadre national. Notre projet les resitue comme un phénomène interconnecté et global, tant pour les colonisés que pour les colonisateurs. Leurs dirigeants ont construit des réseaux de collaboration et des moyens d’échanges intellectuels, politiques, militaires et économiques. Les communistes vietnamiens luttant contre la France entre 1945 et 1954, par exemple, ont importé des modèles révolutionnaires de la Chine communiste avant de les exporter ailleurs. Les Français, Britanniques et Américains, de leur côté, ont échangé leurs propres modèles de « counter-insurgency » lors des guerres de décolonisation. La décolonisation s’est aussi mondialisée: les nationalistes algériens du Front de libération nationale (FLN) ont mené par exemple une bataille fascinante contre les Français à l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU.

Pour bien saisir les dimensions de ce processus transnational, nous avons fait appel à des historiens de la décolonisation (Afrique, Proche-Orient, Asie), des politologues, des juristes et même à l’un des responsables des archives de l’ONU. Cela nous permettra d’aborder pour la première fois le rôle de la mondialisation dans la décolonisation et son héritage pour les conflits d’aujourd’hui. Cette forme de combat transnational est d’autant plus présente aujourd’hui grâce au développement des technologies et des communications permettant aux insurgés comme Isis d’influencer l’opinion mondiale.

Programme ci-dessous :

Panel discussion : The Tet Offensive – Lessons from the Campaign After 50 Years (CSIS)

[ndlr] Annonce du CSIS sur un panel consacré à l’Offensive du Têt.

The Project on Military and Diplomatic History cordially invites you to

The Tet Offensive: Lessons from the Campaign After 50 Years

Continuer la lecture de Panel discussion : The Tet Offensive – Lessons from the Campaign After 50 Years (CSIS)

Conference Call for Papers and Panels : “1968 and the Tet Offensive”

[ndlr] Annonce du Vietnam Center & Archive.

Conference Call for Papers and Panels

“1968 and the Tet Offensive”

April 27-28, 2018, Lubbock Texas

The Vietnam Center and Archive (VNCA) and the Institute for Peace & Conflict (IPAC) at Texas Tech University are pleased to announce a conference focused on the year 1968 and the Tet Offensive. We expect in this conference to approach these historical events in the broadest possible manner by hosting presenters who examine diplomatic, military, international regional, and domestic aspects of the Vietnam War during that year, as well as the strategic and tactical decision-making and actions that led up to and followed the Tet Offensive. This will include presentations that look at all participants to include the US, RVN, DRV, NLF, and the numerous allies and other nations involved. We will also strongly encourage presentations that examine the antiwar and peace movements at home and abroad, the efforts to support the war effort, and the efforts to end the conflict through international diplomacy, as well as military and diplomatic means in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Recent and emerging scholarship on the Tet Offensive and on 1968, more broadly, is refocusing much needed attention on some of the pivotal events that took place during that fateful year. In late November 1967, General William Westmoreland publicly conveyed his optimism regarding eventual US victory in Vietnam, helping President Johnson to buoy flagging US popular and political support for the war effort. In the aftermath of the Tet Offensive, as fighting broke out in every major city throughout the entirety of South Vietnam, many started to doubt the veracity of those previous claims, including prominent politicians and members of the American media.

Attention within the US came to focus on some of the more brutal battles that emerged as US Marines fought to retake Vietnam’s ancient Imperial city in the Battle for Hue and they came under heavy fire during in the Siege of Khe Sanh. As the fighting intensified in Vietnam, so it did in the streets and on campuses across America, as critics of the war continued their calls for an immediate US withdrawal and an end to the war. So powerful was the effect of these events that on March 31, President Johnson announced that he would not seek reelection – adding to the leadership changes already in play with the departure of Robert McNamara as Secretary of Defense in late February and the emergence of General Creighton Abrams and departure of General Westmoreland as commander of US forces in Vietnam in June. The violence that year included some of the most horrific wartime atrocities committed against civilians in Vietnam, including the Hue Massacre and the My Lai Massacre, while violence in the US claimed the lives of nationally prominent figures, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy. The presidential election that year witnessed last-minute attempts by the Johnson administration to end the war in Vietnam sabotaged by the Nixon campaign.

By the end of 1968, approximately 550,000 Americans engaged in more than 200 major combat operations, dropped more than 500,000 tons of bombs, and the overall financial costs of the war for that year alone totaled approximately $20 Billion. 1968 resulted in the highest numbers of casualties in a single year with more than 16,000 Americans and approximately 100,000 Vietnamese killed on all sides. All the while, the North Vietnamese and NLF fought on. With a new president and leadership team preparing to take over in January of 1969, innumerable questions remained as to whether a US victory could be achieved in Vietnam.

This two-day conference will be hosted at the MCM Elegante Hotel and Suites in Lubbock, Texas. Conference organizers welcome both individual presentation proposals as well as pre-organized panel proposals that include a moderator/commentator and three individual presentations. Conference sessions will follow the standard 90-minute format to include 60 minutes for presentations (20 minutes per presentation) followed by 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Presentations by veterans are especially encouraged as are presentations by graduate students. Graduate student travel grants will be made available to select students. All presentations will be video recorded and made publicly available after the conference via the Vietnam Center and Archive website. Select papers may also be published in a collection by the TTU Press.

Proposal submission deadline is February 15, 2018

Please submit a 250 word abstract and separate two-page CV/resume to 1968vietnamconference@gmail.com. The program committee of Ron Milam, Steve Maxner, Justin Hart, Dave Lewis, and Laura Calkins will evaluate all paper proposals and develop a program that reflects the many remarkable aspects of 1968. If submitting a panel proposal, please include separate abstracts for each proposed presentation and CVs/resumes for each speaker.

Thank you for your interest in participating in this conference.

 

Contact Email: justin.hart@ttu.edu

Source : https://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/events/2018_Conference/

Illustration « à la une » : photo de couverture du magazine Life, 9 février 1968 : « A guerilla is taken alive during the Ambassy battle » © 1968 Life.

Christopher Goscha : Peace matters [book review]

[ndlr] Signalement de la recension de l’ouvrage de Sophie Quinn-Judge (The Third Force in the Vietnam War: The Elusive Search for Peace, 1954-75) par Christopher E. Goscha. En accès libre pendant quelques jours sur Mekong Review. Lecture vivement conseillée.

Sophie Quinn-Judge landed in central Vietnam in 1973 as a member of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). She served in the AFSC-run Rehabilitation Centre in Quang Ngai province until the end of the war in 1975, providing prosthetics and relief help to war-injured civilians coming from all sides of the conflict ripping Vietnam apart. Quinn-Judge grew up in Quaker country in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Although she was not initially a member of this breakaway Protestant faith, she took part in their youth camps as a youngster and felt at home working in the AFSC in France and Vietnam.

The Quakers established the AFSC upon the United States’ entry into the First World War in 1917. The Quakers refused to take part in war as an article of faith. So instead of sending their sons into the trenches of the Western Front, the AFSC mobilised their young people to help civilians hurt and displaced by the conflagration. The AFSC did more than provide humanitarian aid, however. Drawing on centuries of Quaker pacifism, the organisation actively promoted “lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action”. Educational programs, youth camps and exchanges helped nurture “the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems”. In 1947, the AFSC received the Nobel Prize for Peace for its humanitarian relief efforts during and after the Second World War and its promotion of world peace. The Quakers continued their work during the Cold War, dispatching people to work in war-torn areas of the Afro-Asian world, including Vietnam.[1]

Quinn-Judge carried these values with her to Quang Ngai, working tirelessly in the rehabilitation centre. Arriving shortly after the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, she also became an advocate of peace. The Paris Agreement, signed by the Vietnamese and US sides in January 1973, called for the creation of a coalition government in South Vietnam that would eventually replace the embattled Republic of Vietnam. The coalition would include members from this state, a host of non-communist religious, neutralist and democratic leaders, as well as the communist-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) and the People’s Revolutionary Government for the south. This southern coalition would then decide the south’s destiny via negotiations with the north.

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Image « à la une » : With journalists from Van nghe quan doi, Quinn-Judge, far right. Photograph : Claudia Krich © Mekong Review

 

Nhã Ca : Mourning Headband for Hue. An Account of the Battle for Hue, Vietnam 1968 – Review by Gary Kulik

[ndlr] Signalement d’un CR de lecture en ligne de Gary Kulik sur l’ouvrage de Nhã Ca, Mourning Headband for Hue: An Account of the Battle for Hue, Vietnam 1968. Témoignage poignant sur massacre perpétré par le Viêt-Công (FNL Sud Viêt-Nam) à Huê lors de l’offensive du Têt.

NhaCa_MourningHeadbandForHueMourning Headband for Hue, originally published in Saigon in 1969 as Giải khăn sô Huế, was the first book-length account of the Tet Offensive. Its author, a prominent Vietnamese writer, Trần Thị Thu Vân, wrote under the pen name Nhã Ca. In late January 1968, she had traveled to Hue, where she was born, to mourn the death of her father. The North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong attacked the next day. She remained trapped in Hue with her family for more than a month, until US and South Vietnamese forces finally prevailed in bloody urban fighting. Returning to Saigon, she wrote a forceful, fearful, poetic account of the devastating impact of war on civilians; its title invokes the white headband worn by Vietnamese grieving their dead. The book attests to the communist forces’ horrendous killings of thousands of Vietnamese in the Hue Massacre. Olga Dror’s translation now makes it accessible to an English-speaking audience.

Born in 1939, Nhã Ca became a prominent poet and writer in Saigon in the early 1960s. Her themes were « love, passion, and longing » (xvi). Raised a Buddhist, she adopted her pen name after reading the Old Testament « Song of Solomon, » also known (to Catholics) as « Canticles » (the approximate meaning of « Nhã Ca » is « canticle »). In 1966, she joined the Voice of Freedom, a radio station broadcasting into North Vietnam. Her first major work, At Night I Hear Cannons, was reprinted six times and sold over 100,000 copies. It tells the story of a family waiting, in the end futilely, for a son and son-in-law to return from the war to celebrate Tet, the Lunar New Year. While decrying the cost of war, its author yet takes no sides.

Olga Dror (Texas A&M), a scholar of Vietnamese history, worked closely with the author to capture her « unadulterated voice from the time of war » (xi). Her long « Translator’s Introduction » sketches Nhã Ca’s life and work and explains how the special « staccato tempo » of Mourning Headband « dramatically and palpably [reflects] life in raw and desperate eloquence in the middle of the battlefield that was Hue » (xviii). Especially valuable is Dror’s detailed and fair-minded analysis of contemporary reports of the massacre, the political uses of that reportage, and the rare and little known personal comments on the atrocity from the communist side. The current Vietnamese government has never acknowledged or openly discussed the massacre and there is no serious scholarly study of it.

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