Decolonization and Cold War

Kathryn C. Statler

in Replacing France

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124407
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134772 | DOI:
Decolonization and Cold War

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This chapter discusses the first few important steps in the long transition from the French to the American presence in Vietnam. It assesses how, from 1950 to 1953, French leaders convinced a skeptical Truman administration that Indochina was much more than an exploited colony which was maintained for reasons of French prestige and grandeur. When the American officials insisted on being involved in French decision making, it marked the beginning of the eventual transition from French to American influence of events in Vietnam.

Keywords: transition; American presence; Vietnam; French decision making; influence; Indochina; Truman administration

Chapter.  14825 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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