Vietnam 1946: How the War Began (Hardback)
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Short Description for Vietnam 1946 An account that tells how a few men set off a war that would lead to tragedy for millions. It delves into scores of secret French, British, and American political, military, and intelligence documents. It disentangles the complex web of events, actions, and mentalities that led to thirty years of war in Indochina.
- Published: 03 November 2009
- Format: Hardback 392 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780520256026 ISBN 10: 0520256026
- Sales rank: 1,296,032
Full description for Vietnam 1946
Based on multiarchival research conducted over almost three decades, this landmark account tells how a few men set off a war that would lead to tragedy for millions. Stein Tonnesson was one of the first historians to delve into scores of secret French, British, and American political, military, and intelligence documents. In this fascinating account of an unfolding tragedy, he brings this research to bear to disentangle the complex web of events, actions, and mentalities that led to thirty years of war in Indochina. As the story unfolds, Tonnesson challenges some widespread misconceptions, arguing that French general Leclerc fell into a Chinese trap in March 1946, and Vietnamese general Giap into a French trap in December. Taking us from the antechambers of policymakers in Paris to the docksides of Haiphong and the streets of Hanoi, "Vietnam 1946" provides the most vivid account to date of the series of events that would make Vietnam the most embattled area in the world during the Cold War period.