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Contesting Indochina: French Remembrance Between Decolonization and Cold War, 1954-2014

Author:
M. Kathryn Edwards

ISBN:
978 0 520 28861 4
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
328
List price(s):
$34.95
₤24.95
€33.20

Publication date:
5 July 2016

Short description: 

How does a nation come to terms with losing a war-especially an overseas war the purpose of which is fervently contested? In the ensuing years, how does such a nation construct and reconstruct its identity and values? This title analyzes the layers of French remembrance, focusing on state-sponsored commemoration, and more.

Full description: 

How does a nation come to terms with losing a war-especially an overseas war the purpose of which is fervently contested? In the ensuing years, how does such a nation construct and reconstruct its identity and values? For the French in Indochina, the stunning defeat at Dien Bien Phu ushered in the violent process of decolonization and a fraught reckoning with a colonial past. Contesting Indochina is the first in-depth study of the competing and intertwined narratives of the Indochina War. It analyzes the layers of French remembrance, focusing on state-sponsored commemoration, veterans' associations, special-interest groups, intellectuals, films, and heated public disputes. These narratives make up the ideological battleground for contesting the legacies of colonialism, decolonization, the Cold War, and France's changing global status.

Biography: 

Kathryn Edwards is an Assistant Professor of modern French history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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