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- DescriptionHow does a nation come to terms with losing a war-especially an overseas war whose purpose is fervently contested? In the years after the war, how does such a nation construct and reconstruct its identity and values? For the French in Indochina, the stunning defeat at Dien Bien Phu ushered in the violent process of decolonization and a fraught reckoning with a colonial past. Contesting Indochina is the first in-depth study of the competing and intertwined narratives of the Indochina War. It analyzes the layers of French remembrance, focusing on state-sponsored commemoration, veterans' associations, special-interest groups, intellectuals, films, and heated public disputes. These narratives constitute the ideological battleground for contesting the legacies of colonialism, decolonization, the Cold War, and France's changing global status.
- Author BiographyM. Kathryn Edwards is assistant professor of modern French history at Tulane University.
- Author(s)M. Kathryn Edwards
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication29/07/2016
- SubjectMilitary History
- Series TitleFrom Indochina to Vietnam: Revolution and War in a Global Perspective
- Series Part/Volume Number8
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note10 b/w images, 1 map
- Weight567 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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