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A Clash of Republics

Stein Tønnesson

in Vietnam 1946

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520256026
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520256026.003.0002
A Clash of Republics

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The sequence of war in Indochina began as a collision between two republics, and these are as follows: the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) and the French Fourth Republic. Both were strongly influenced by socialist and communist thinking, while at the same time, both strove to build a national consensus with non-socialist nationalist groups. Both aimed at modernizing Indochina through industrialization, trade, and representative institutions. Both were positively inclined toward the idea of building a common political arena for the Viet, Lao, Khmer, and high land minority people, so that they could stimulate one another's quest for modernity. Both agreed that an Indochinese Federation should form a part of a new French Union and remain associated with France in a progressive family of nations.

Keywords: Indochina; republics; Democratic; Republic of Vietnam; French; federation

Chapter.  13200 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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