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The Indochinese Experience of the French and the Americans


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Introduction1. The Arrival of the French (1859-1893)

2. Dealing with the French (1893-Aug. 30, 1945)

3. The Rise of Nationalist Feeling and the Suppression of the Nationalists (Aug. 30, 1945-Dec. 1946)4. The Growth of Foreign Intervention (Dec. 1946-July 20, 1954)

5. The Crucible of Nationalism (July 20, 1954-1957)6. The Decline of the Nationalists (1958-1960)

7. The Nationalists Struggle Against Great Odds (1961-1963)

8. Americanization of the War (1965-1968)

9. The End of the Non-Communist Nationalists (1969-1973)

10. The Party Center Triumphant (1973-1999)


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This is an essential book for anyone who wants to understand Vietnam and the people who fought against the United States and won

About the Author

Arthur J. Dommen was Saigon Bureau Chief for United Press International in 1959-61 and for the Los Angeles Times in 1969- 71. He covered the first year of the Paris negotiations on Vietnam (1968-69). He is the author of Conflict in Laos: The Politics of Neutralization and of Laos Keystone of Indochina, and of numerous articles on the countries and peoples of Indochina.


" Dommen's book promises to be the definitive political history of Indochina during the Franco-American era... It will add considerable lustre to the list of the scholarly press that decides to publish it. I strongly recommend publication." --William M. Leary, E. Merton Coulter Professor of History, University of Georgia " ... the best available modern guide to what actually happened."--Asian Affairs, July 2003

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