The year 1945 was the most significant in the modern history of Vietnam. One thousand years of dynastic politics and monarchist ideology came to an end. Eight decades of French rule lay shattered and five years of Japanese occupation ceased. Drawing on extensive archival research, interviews and an examination of published memoirs and documents, David G. Marr has written a detailed and descriptive analysis of this crucial moment in Vietnamese history, and shows how Vietnam became a vortex of intense international and domestic competition for power.
David G. Marr is Senior Fellow at the Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University. He is the author of Vietnamese Anticolonialism, 1885-1925 (California, 1971) and Vietnamese Tradition on Trial, 1920-1945 (California, 1981).