Contesting Indochina (Paperback)

French Remembrance between Decolonization and Cold War (From Indochina to Vietnam: Revolution and War in a Global Perspective #8)

By M. Kathryn Edwards

University of California Press, 9780520288614, 328pp.

Publication Date: June 14, 2016

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Description

How 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.


About the Author

M. Kathryn Edwards is assistant professor of modern French history at Tulane University.


Praise For Contesting Indochina: French Remembrance between Decolonization and Cold War (From Indochina to Vietnam: Revolution and War in a Global Perspective #8)

"There is little to criticize in this well-researched and carefully worded monograph... an insightful and important addition to the growing field of history and memory."

— H-Net