Indochina: Romance of the Ruins


in Empire of Love

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195162950
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199867660 | DOI:
Indochina: Romance of the Ruins

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This chapter examines the ways that French admirals, governors, and policy makers conquered and then articulated the idea of “Indochina” from Annam, Tonkin, and Cochinchina. It discusses heritage, ruins, and national pride at Angkor in Cambodia; stories of heroic sacrifice from military parties; and conjugal tales of colonial marriage between French men and Vietnamese women. Thematically, the discussions examine how love of country, European-Asian collaboration, and colonial marriage are consistent figures in the French “possession” of the Southeast Asian colony. These examples are counterpointed as Vietnamese writers, activists, and political leaders begin to develop their own love and nation strategies as means to resist and expel French influence through discursive and armed resistance.

Keywords: Indochina; Vietnam; Cambodia; colonial marriage; patriotism

Chapter.  10649 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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