The French Indochina War:  1945-1955




In this unit we look at the causes and course of the French Indochina war from the end of World War Two in 1945 through to the creation of the Geneva Accords in 1954 and the creation of North Vietnam and South Vietnam in 1955. One of the big problems facing historians seeking to understand this period in history is the complex nature and fluid dynamics of power that undergirded events.  This has often given rise to a variety of competing interpretations of persons, circumstances and events which have been further compromised by distortions introduced to the analysis by various stakeholders. In the workbook we turn to an examination of how to identify and otherwise deal with point-of-view and bias in historical narratives with a particular focus on the French Indochina War and the issues and concepts that historians face in attempting to create authentic interpretations of the period.


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