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Shawn F. McHale: The First Vietnam War. Violence, Sovereignty, and the Fracture of the South, 1945–1956 [parution]

Une nouvelle étude sur la partie méridionale du Viêt-Nam, de la Cochinchine à l’avènement de la Première République du Viêt Nam (Sud, 1955-1963). Un ouvrage clé proposant une nouvelle histoire de la guerre de résistance, à ne pas manquer. Présentation de l’éditeur.

Shawn McHale explores why the communist-led Resistance in Vietnam won the anticolonial war against France (1945–54), except in the South. He shows how broad swaths of Vietnamese people were uneasily united in 1945 under the Viet Minh Resistance banner, all opposing the French attempt to reclaim control of the country. By 1947, Resistance unity had shattered and Khmer-Vietnamese ethnic violence had divided the Mekong Delta. From this point on, the war in the south turned into an overt civil war wrapped up in a war against France. Based on extensive archival research in four countries and in three languages, this is the first substantive English-language book focused on southern Vietnam’s transition from colonialism to independence.

Shawn F. McHale is Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, George Washington University. His first book, Print and Power: Confucianism, Communism, and Buddhism in the Making of Modern Vietnam (University of Hawaii Press, 2004), was a finalist for the Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies.

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