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The First Vietnam War: Colonial Conflict and Cold War Crisis Hardcover – February 28, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0674023710 ISBN-10: 0674023714

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (February 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674023714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674023710
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,772,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this important book an impressive international group of historians sheds fresh light on the First Indochina War. The years 1945 to 1954 are not just a crucial, formative period for the Vietnamese-American relationship, but also a significant chapter in the international history of the twentieth century. This work will prove most welcome to scholars and general readers alike.
--Robert J. McMahon, Ohio State University

The most important contribution in decades to the international history of the First Vietnam War. These essays by leading specialists show how the Indochina War connected key participants and historical forces in the making of the post-1945 international system. This book belongs in the library of anyone interested in the Cold War, decolonization, Asian history, Vietnamese studies, and international history.
--Christopher Goscha, Université du Québec à Montréal

A fresh collection of stimulating and impressive essays on the First Vietnam War. Lawrence and Logevall have brought together the leading scholars of the period in what will be essential reading for anyone interested in colonialism and the early Cold War.
--Robert K. Brigham, Vassar College

A splendid collection of essays based on sources from across the world and covering a wide range of topics. An indispensable addition to the literature on the First Vietnam War.
--George C. Herring, University of Kentucky

The First Vietnam War beautifully illustrates the complex interplay between the emerging Cold War, the disintegrating colonial order, and the vibrant social, political, and cultural forces inside Indochina. The volume confirms the promise of the new international history­-multi-archival, multi-national, and multi-causal.
--Melvyn P. Leffler, University of Virginia

Few Americans realize that the U.S. war in Vietnam was preceded by an equally destructive war waged by French troops attempting to reestablish French colonial domination over the country after Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnamese independence in Hanoi in 1945. Even fewer Americans are aware of the extent of U.S. involvement in the French war, and are equally ignorant of the astonishing extent to which Americans began their war in Vietnam from the same mistaken assumptions as the French, repeating many of the same errors of judgment as the French. This new collection will do much to dispel that ignorance.
--C. L. Yates (Choice 2007-10-01)

Offers a well-written,important step toward a refocus on the international context of an important Cold War conflict.
--Douglas Porch (Journal of Military History 2008-04-01)

Offers a well written, important step toward a refocus on the international context of an important Cold War conflict.
--Douglas Porch (Journal of Military History 2008-04-01)

About the Author

Mark Atwood Lawrence is Associate Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin.

Fredrik Logevall is Professor of History at Cornell University.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reginald E. Deal on February 8, 2011
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This is a good book and shold be a part of everyone's library for a better understanding of events in Vietnam. It is not really a great book and, if you do not have an advanced degree, you need to understand at the outset that this is a Study of Studies and consists of a series of essays by different authors (scholars) on different periods and actions during the period. It is not a history of Vietnam and, if you really want to understand everything that occurred prior to the original French invasion on an educate, civilize, convert or kill them mission instigated by a Jesuit Priest in Tonkin. Prior to that they had enjoyed roughly 1,000 years of freedom and independence after their revolt from China. The mission originally was intended to colonize Vietnam under a "Protectorate." Once you understand this, your vision will begin to clear and you will start to pick up the code words for future civilized barbarism. Like the Title states, this is just a piece of the puzzle but one worthy of pursuit. If you do not have an advanced degree and had desires to obtain one, I would highly recommend this book and a selection of books having to do with Southeast Asia and China. A detailed understanding of this area will significantly improve and enhance one's opportunity for a Department of State position over there (Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and China. I highly recommend it.
This is book covers basically the period 1945 to 1975. It is limited in scope and it has a number of small errors in it but nothing I do not believe you will be able to correct in the future. It is not nearly as comprehensive as I would like but it is a piece of the puzzle I would not want to be without and would purchase again.
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