Archives par mot-clé : guerre du Viêt Nam

Studying Republican Vietnam: Issues, Challenges, and Prospects – October 14-15, 2019

Programme en ligne d’un important colloque organisé par Tuong Vu à l’Université d’Oregon aux Etats-Unis. Argumentaire et programme (téléchargeable) ci-dessous.

Scholarly interest in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) has surged in the last decade. The conventional wisdom in Western scholarship until recently was closely in line with communist propaganda, either ignoring the RVN or portraying it as an American creation in the US global struggle against communism. In this narrative, the government led by Ho Chi Minh and his successors represented the true aspirations of most Vietnamese, while the RVN had little domestic legitimacy. The conflict in Vietnam during 1955-1975 was less a civil war than an American war against the Vietnamese nation as a whole.

The recently expanding interest in Republican Vietnam stems from a combination of newly available sources since the late 1990s and the emergence of a younger generation of historians less shackled by the biases of the previous generation. The new scholarship rejects the old binary of communists-as-patriots versus anticommunists-as-collaborators. Communism is treated as merely one of many political tendencies in modern Vietnam and had no more inherent legitimacy than its rivals. Republican, monarchist and anticommunist ideologies and organizations are given full agency as agents of history who contributed to the evolution of contemporary Vietnam despite their eventual defeat at the hands of the communists. In the new scholarship, the conflicts between and within North and South Vietnam were at the core civil wars whose origins can be traced back to the 1920s’ clashes in colonial Vietnam among republican, communist, monarchist and other ideas.

South Vietnamese Elections in 1967 © DR

The events that transpired since 1975 left behind legacies as complicated as the war itself. After its military victory, the communist regime sought to eradicate any traces of the RVN by imprisoning its former personnel, nationalizing its capitalist economy, and suppressing its lively culture and robust civil society. Unwilling or unable to bear the hardship, persecution, and communist dictatorship, hundreds of thousands fled Vietnam, creating the largest exodus in the country’s history. Among what the diaspora carried with it to foreign shores were certain Republican values, memories of the RVN, and the trauma of life under communism. Among South Vietnamese who stayed behind, the legacies persisted and re-emerged in various aspects when the regime was forced to accept market reform in the late 1980s.

Republican Vietnam is a broad subject, extending through the 20th century and beyond. The issues range from the spread of Republican ideas to French Indochina at the turn of the century to the memories of the RVN among the diaspora and the resurgence of Republican values in Vietnam today, and everything in between.

Source : Center for Asian and Pacific Studies – Oregon University

Thomas Cooper : Bombing Missions of the Vietnam War

Mis en ligne en 2017, ce récit visuel, basé sur des sources américaines déclassifiées en 2016, donne une vision précise des bombardements pendant la guerre du Viêt-Nam entre 1965 et 1973.

Bombing Missions of the Vietnam War

A visual record of the largest aerial bombardment in history

Between 1965 and 1975, the United States and its allies dropped more than 7.5 million tons of bombs on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia—double the amount dropped on Europe and Asia during World War II. Pound for pound, it remains the largest aerial bombardment in human history.

The bombardment of North Vietnam and its neighbors began shortly after the Gulf of Tonkin incident in August 1964, and continued until the last American was airlifted out of Saigon over a decade later. All told, the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps together conducted at least 2.8 millioncombat missions against ground targets, while the air forces of South Vietnam, Laos, Australia, and South Korea added an additional 360,000 missions to the tally.

In late 2016, the United States Department of Defense publicly released records of almost every bombing and ground-attack mission flown during the Vietnam War. (Ground-attack missions are strikes against ground targets using using rockets, missiles, cannons, and other non-bomb ordnance.) The data, meticulously digitized from the aircrews’ original after-action reports, allows us to visually reconstruct the air campaign, shedding new light on its sheer scale, intensity, and complexity. […]

Thomas Cooper is a cartographer and product engineer on the Story Maps team; a displaced Oregonian; a forager of cultural sustenance; a fair-weather motorcyclist; and a onetime expert on Kyrgyz supermarkets.

Accès au récit visuel :

Nguyen Ngoc Chau : Viêt Nam. L’Histoire Politique des Deux Guerres 1858-1954 et 1945-1975 [parution]

Nguyen Ngoc Chau, ingénieur, propose un récit historique rappelant les faits politiques majeurs du Viêt-Nam au XXe siècle. Présentation de l’éditeur.

Beaucoup de livres ont été écrits sur la guerre pour l’indépendance et la guerre entre nationalistes et communistes au Việt Nam durant le siècle dernier.

Mais sait-on que le prince Cảnh, celui qui devait succéder à l’empereur Gia Long, à son retour de France avec l’évêque d’Adran Pierre Pigneau de Béhaine en 1789, refusa de se prosterner devant l’autel de ses ancêtres et se convertit en cachette au catholicisme ?

Que Napoléon III accepta d’abord de restituer les trois provinces orientales pour lesquelles Phan Thanh Giản était venu négocier le rachat à Paris le 10 septembre 1863, et que la mission Aubaret signa, le 15 juillet 1864 à Huế, un traité sur cette rétrocession ?

Que Ngô Đình Diệm n’était pas seul en lice pour le poste de Premier ministre de l’État du Việt Nam après les accords de Genève en 1954 ?

Pour l’auteur, ce livre a l’intérêt de permettre de mieux comprendre que le présent et le futur d’un pays ne se construisent pas sans douleurs ni larmes.

Source : Nombre7 éditions

Vietnam War left a painful legacy for indigenous minority that fought alongside U.S.

[ndlr] Signalement d’un reportage de Charles Dunst sur un sujet peu évoqué. L’engagement de membres de minorités ethniques au côté des Américains pendant la guerre du Viêt-Nam.

Here in the windswept, rolling hills of central Vietnam, there are many reminders of the war that ended four decades ago.

Two Soviet-made tanks sit in the village of Dak To as monuments to the men who died retaking the region from U.S.-backed South Vietnam in 1972. The flag of the communist Viet Cong guerrillas is painted on roadside walls. Undiscovered land mines remain a hazard.

But for the indigenous minority that Vietnam’s French colonizers named the Montagnards, or “mountain people,” the legacy of the war is especially painful.

They fought alongside the Americans and continue to be regarded as enemies by the Vietnamese government, which routinely subjects them to surveillance, arbitrary arrest, land seizures and other abuses that have been documented by human rights groups.

“Hanoi’s perspective on the Montagnards seems fixed in a Vietnam War-era past,” said Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division. “Ever since the war ended in 1975, the Montagnards have faced systematic harassment, intrusive surveillance and persecution.”

Lire la suite : Los Angeles Times, 21/05/2019.

Image “à la une” : Dim, right, is a Montagnard who fought alongside U.S. Army special forces in the Vietnam War. Chuh A., left, is the son of a Montagnard veteran and was deported from the U.S. in 2017 © Charles Dunst / For The Times.

George Black: Fifty Years After, A Daunting Cleanup of Vietnam’s Toxic Legacy

[ndlr] Signalement d’un article intéressant sur les ravages de l’Agent Orange et la décontamination.

From 1962 to 1971, the American military sprayed vast areas of Vietnam with Agent Orange, leaving dioxin contamination that has severely affected the health of three generations of Vietnamese. Now, the U.S. and Vietnamese governments have joined together in a massive cleanup project.

In the thriving industrial city of Bien Hoa, about 20 miles east of Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, there is a large air base, just beyond a sweeping bend in the Dong Nai River. During the American war in Vietnam, it was said to be the busiest airport in the world. Since the war ended in 1975, a dense cluster of four residential neighborhoods has grown up around the base. Their total population is perhaps 111,000, while the base itself, now home to advanced long-range fighter-bombers of the Vietnam People’s Air Force, has another 1,200 permanent residents.

A small drainage canal, no more than 8 or 10 feet wide, snakes its way from the west end of the runway — an area known as Pacer Ivy — for half a mile or so through one of these densely packed neighborhoods, which is called Buu Long. On a sweltering afternoon last month, toward the end of the dry season, the canal was no more than a stagnant greenish-brown murk strewn with garbage and choked in places with water hyacinths. Nonetheless, a middle-aged woman who introduced herself as Mrs. Mai was washing her hands and feet in the filthy water. Nearby, a fisherman was sitting on a low cement wall near the mouth of the canal. Nothing was biting.

The problem for Buu Long, however, is what couldn’t be seen. The canal is heavily contaminated with the most toxic substance ever created by humans: dioxin, the unintended byproduct of the defoliant known as Agent Orange, for the color-coded band on the 55-gallon barrels in which it was stored before being loaded onto the lumbering C-123 aircraft at the Bien Hoa base and sprayed over vast areas of Vietnam. During the U.S. Air Force campaign known as Operation Ranch Hand, Agent Orange was used to strip bare the coastal mangroves of the Mekong Delta and the dense triple-canopy forests that concealed enemy fighters and supply lines.

Lire la suite : Yale Environment 360, 13/05/2019.

Voir également sur le même sujet (articles signalés par Greg Nagle
PhD Forest and  watershed science, Hanoi) :

Illustration “à la une” : A Vietnamese soldier next to a hazardous warning sign for dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa air base last October © Kham/AFP/Getty Images

Les combattants oubliés de la Corée du Nord au Vietnam

L’engagement des deux Corées pendant la guerre du Viêt-Nam, un rappel historique succinct par l’AFP le 22 février 2019.

Non loin de Hanoï, quatorze pierres tombales rendent hommage aux soldats nord-coréens tombés lors de la guerre du Vietnam contre les “impérialistes” américains. Un gardien tente d’entretenir le souvenir de cette contribution peu connue de Pyongyang à son allié communiste.

Aujourd’hui le Vietnam, Etat communiste ayant embrassé le capitalisme, apparaît comme une terre de compromis, au point d’avoir été choisi par le président américain Donald Trump et le dirigeant nord-coréen Kim Jong Un pour leur deuxième sommet dans quelques jours.

Mais le fait que la Corée du Nord avait soutenu le Nord communiste lors de la guerre du Vietnam, envoyant des soldats de l’armée de l’air en renfort, reste un aspect peu connu de l’histoire vietnamo-coréenne.

Lire la suite : Orange, 22/02/2019.

Vietnam War Documentary Film Launch Invitation

Présentation aux Etats-Unis (Virginie) d’un important projet d’histoire orale sur la guerre du Viêt-Nam. Le premier volet est consacré aux témoignages et à l’analyse de l’ancien ambassadeur de la République du Viêt-Nam aux Etats-Unis.

Vietnam War Documentary Film Launch Invitation

The United States Intervention in Vietnam Through the Eyes of a Diplomat, 1965 1975

Dear invitees,

You are cordially invited to the official launch of the Vietnam War oral history documentary series People and History: The United States Intervention in Vietnam Through the Eyes of a Diplomat, 1965 1975.

Produced between 2013 and 2019, the 15-part, 17-hours Vietnamese-language documentary series interviewed Bùi Diễm, the former Republic of (South) Vietnam Ambassador to the United States from 1967 and 1972, on his perspective of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War. He shares his memories, reflections, as well as orally annotating and contextualizing several thousand pages of primary sources in his possession. The documentary also taps into Bùi Diễm’s immense knowledge from having lived through some of the most significant historical events and transformations in 20th-century Vietnamese history, American foreign policy, and the Cold War.

The series presents an overarching narrative covering the years from 1945 to 1975. Through Bùi Diễm’s recollections, the documentary series sheds light on an understudied perspective on the Vietnam War—a complicated and controversial historical event that is still imperfectly understood. The series is accompanied by more than 350 pages of Vietnamese transcription and 170 digitized files of original documents. More information on the project, please visit

The launch will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 1:00 PM, in Founders Hall Multipurpose Room 125, George Mason University Law School, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201.


1:00 PM – Greetings

1:30 PM – Opening ceremony

1:45 PM – Introducing guests

2:00 PM – Presentations by Alex-Thai D. Vo and Former Ambassador Bui Diem

2:45 PM – Selective screening

3:00 PM – Q&A

3:30 PM – Film signing by Amb. Bùi Diễm

4:00 PM – Adjourn

Your presence will be greatly appreciated. Please contact the following representatives for further information.

Dr. Nguyễn Mậu Trinh: 301- 461-8490; 

Mr. Thành Nhân: 301-257-8496;

Mr. Alex-Thái Đ. Võ: 757-318-1661;


Alex Thái Đ. Võ, Project Leader

Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University 

Image “à la une” : Bui Diem dans son bureau © DR