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Christopher E. Goscha, Historical Dictionary of the Indochina War (1945-1954). An International and Interdisciplinary Approach, Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press/Copenhagen, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2012, 564 p., illustrated.

Key points
* First dictionary in English of the Indochina War (1945–54).
* More than a simple military or political history of the conflict.
* Adopts a path-breaking dual international and interdisciplinary approach to explore social, cultural, and economic themes underpinning the conflict.
* Demonstrates the remarkable international context of what previously was regarded a simple Franco-Vietnamese war of decolonization.

This first historical dictionary in English of the Indochina War (1945–54) provides the most comprehensive account to date of one of the most important conflicts of the twentieth century. Using over 1,600 personally researched and crafted entries, Goscha provides in-depth, expert coverage of the Indochina War in all its dimensions.

A succinct historical introduction frames the dictionary. Rather than settling for a strictly politico-military account of the war, the author adopts a path-breaking dual international and interdisciplinary approach. Thus, readers will not only find information on politics and military campaigns ; they will also discover the remarkable impact this war had on intellectual, social, cultural, economic and artistic domains in France, Indochina and elsewhere. Indeed, rather than limiting the dictionary to the French and their Vietnamese adversaries, Goscha explores the internationalization of this conflict from its beginning in September 1945 at Ba Dinh square in Hanoi to its end around the Cold War conference table in Geneva in July 1954. Similarly, while most authors focus on the French Fourth Republic and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, the two main protagonists in this conflict, Goscha makes it clear that a myriad of other non-communist Vietnamese, Lao and Cambodian nationalists were deeply involved in this war and its outcome.

In addition to its 1,600 entries, the dictionary contains a succinct historical introduction, selected bibliography, maps, illustrations, and tables. A massive work of outstanding scholarly quality and lasting value, this is a reference tool that will be invaluable for researchers, students and anyone else interested to better understand the complexity of this tragic conflict.

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Martin Stuart-Fox, The A to Z of Laos, Lanham, Md., Scarecrow Press, A to Z Guide Series no. 211, 2010.

Laos has the smallest population, the weakest military, and the least developed economy of any country in mainland Southeast Asia, yet a glance at the map shows its strategic location between Thailand and Vietnam and between Cambodia and China. As in the past, Laos is a crossroads for trade routes, and in the future it will become a crossroads for communications in this rapidly developing region. It is even possible that the earlier greatness of Laos could be matched in the future as it becomes a significant partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, of which it is already a member.

The A to Z of Laos --- through a chronology ; an introductory essay ; appendixes ; maps ; a bibliography ; and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on important people, places, events, and institutions, and significant political, economic, social, and cultural aspects --- traces Laos’ history and points the direction in which the country is heading.

Date de parution : 27/04/2010

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Bruce McFarland Lockhart & William J. Duiker, The A to Z of Vietnam, Lanham, Md., Scarecrow Press, A to Z Guide Series no. 217, 2010.

Vietnam became part of French Indochina in 1887 and did not regain its independence again until after the Vietnam War. However, despite a relatively peaceful two decades the country experienced little economic growth because of conservative leadership policies. In an effort to change this stagnation, Vietnamese authorities have committed to economic liberalization and enacted structural reforms needed to modernize the economy and to produce more competitive, export-driven industries.

The A to Z of Vietnam focuses on the recent changes and leadership of Vietnam while giving due attention to the earlier kingdoms, the period of French Indochina, the wars for liberation, the Vietnam War, and much more. Hundreds of cross-referenced A to Z dictionary entries are included on political, economic, social and cultural aspects as well as the major cities and geographic features. This book also contains a chronology and introduction that traces Vietnam’s history, as well as a bibliography.

Date de parution : 14/04/2010

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Jacques Dalloz, Dictionnaire de la guerre d’Indochine : 1945-1954, Paris, Armand Colin, 2006, 282 p.

A la différence des grands conflits mondiaux, la guerre d’Indochine est longtemps demeurée le champ clos d’une mémoire encombrée par l’autojustification de ses principaux acteurs et par une approche idéologique ou partisane. Dans le sillage d’une génération d’historiens soucieux de dépassionner l’histoire et d’ouvrir de nouveaux champs de recherche, Jacques Dalloz livre ici une véritable somme des connaissances acquises et renouvelées de cette guerre qui fut à la fois un épisode de la décolonisation, un problème intérieur français et un espace de la guerre froide.

Par la rigueur de ses analyses, ce dictionnaire est d’abord un instrument de travail. Il se recommande aussi à tous ceux qui veulent mieux connaître et comprendre ce conflit douloureux que l’on a appelé en son temps la "sale guerre".

Jacques Dalloz, professeur honoraire de classes préparatoires à Saint-Cyr au Prytanée militaire de La Flèche, ancien maître de conférence à l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris, est reconnu comme l’un des meilleurs spécialistes de la guerre d’Indochine à laquelle il a consacré de nombreux travaux.



Date de parution : 23/02/2006

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Alain Ruscio (dir.), La guerre "française" d’Indochine (1945-1954). Les sources de la connaissance : bibliographie, filmographie, documents divers, Paris, Les Indes Savantes, 2002, 1174 p.

La guerre dite "française" d’Indochine fut le premier grand conflit de la décolonisation et marqua le début de l’effondrement de l’Empire français. Epreuve mortelle pour la IVe République, elle déchira le monde politique français. Mais elle affecta également - et durablement - les relations internationales au cours de la phase la plus aiguë de la Guerre froide. De ce fait, des milliers d’ouvrages, d’articles, de discours, lui ont été consacrés, en France, au Vietnam, partout dans le monde. De la même façon, un nombre important de films (de fiction ou documentaires) ont traité de ce phénomène.

Un demi-siècle après la guerre, il a semblé utile d’en faire un recensement, le plus complet possible. Le bilan est impressionnant : 12.000 références bibliographiques, 263 thèses universitaires, 335 références filmographiques, dont 78 de longs métrages... Le tout en langues française, vietnamienne, cambodgienne, anglaise, chinoise, russe, allemande etc... Une chronologie, un répertoire biographique et diverses autres informations complètent cette somme.

Un index très détaillé permet de retrouver rapidement les informations sur toutes les facettes du conflit. Seul un travail collectif - et international - pouvait venir à bout d’une si vaste entreprise. Alain Ruscio, spécialiste de longue date de cette période, a réuni une équipe d’une cinquantaine de chercheurs reconnus, venus de divers pays. "La Guerre française d’Indochine : les sources de la connaissance" s’imposera vite comme un outil indispensable aux témoins et acteurs des événements, aux chercheurs et étudiants en Histoire contemporaine, mais également à tous les hommes soucieux de comprendre le siècle de braise qui vient de s’écouler.

Date de parution : 01/02/2002

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Spencer C. Tucker (dir.), Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War. A Political, Social, and Military History, Santa Barbara-Denver-Oxford (GB), ABC-Clio Inc., illustrated edition, 1998, 3 vol.

Spencer C. Tucker (dir.), Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War. A Political, Social, and Military History, New York, Oxford University Press, abridged edition, 1 vol.

The Vietnam War was the defining event of recent U.S. history, a tragic struggle that cost the lives of 58,000 Americans and 970,000 Vietnamese, and that is still being debated today. The three-volume Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War, edited by Spencer Tucker, has been hailed as the most comprehensive reference work on that watershed event. Now Tucker has produced an abridged one-volume edition, a miracle of concision that includes virtually all the entries found in the parent volume, in condensed form.

Here are more than 900 alphabetically arranged entries—plus 39 primary source documents—that illuminate every aspect of the Vietnam War. There are entries on Buddhists, defoliation, post traumatic stress disorder, the fall of Ngo Dinh Diem, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to name just a few. The volume covers military and domestic fronts ; air, land, and sea campaigns and battles ; weapons, strategies, and tactics ; key Vietnamese and American figures ; the anti-war movement and international repercussions of the war ; and the impact of the war on film, art, literature, and society. The volume also includes important background information, such as the developments that lead to the US involvement in the war as well as postwar Vietnamese history to the present. A highlight of the book is Tucker’s extensive coverage of both American and Vietnamese perspectives, and he has incorporated numerous entries by Vietnamese contributors.

The three-volume Encyclopedia is the finest source of information available on the Vietnam War. Now, with the one-volume Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War, everyone can own the definitive reference work on the pivotal event of modern American history.

Review by Anthony Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN.

Tucker (military history, Virginia Military Inst.) has condensed his highly praised three-volume encyclopedia of the war into one affordable book. It contains more than 900 entries, many by major scholars of the conflict like Robert Brigham, and over 70 key documents. Tucker has condensed intelligently by keeping most of the original entries and eliminating some technical detail ; for example, the entry on booby traps is reduced from seven paragraphs to three without losing its essential meaning. In some ways, Tucker’s work is superior to its main competitor, Stanley Kutler’s Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War (LJ 1/97). Tucker includes more entries on important Vietnamese and more detailed descriptions of military operations, as well as a document section. Kutler’s work, however, has very helpful longer essays on such topics as Vietnamese history and the antiwar movement. Libraries owning the three-volume version need not purchase the condensation. But it certainly is an important work that will be of great value to teachers and students of the war. Recommended for public libraries. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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