2. The Indochina War

Fall of Dien Bien Phu

Fall of Dien Bien Phu

After WWII, France sought to reestablish itself in Southeast Asia. After an uneasy arrangement with the Viet Minh, war erupted in 1946. France’s unsuccessful war for Indochina set the stage for American intervention.

Required Readings

  • Herring, George C. America’s Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975. New York: Wiley, 1979. Chapter 1: “A Dead End Alley: The United States, France, and the First Indochina War 1950-1954” (pp 3-42)
  • Elliott, Duong Van Mai. The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Chapters 7-8 “A Head on the Roof” and “Into the Resistance Zone” (pp 137-187)
  • Maurer, Harry. Strange Ground: Americans in Vietnam, 1945-1975, an Oral History. 1st ed. New York: H. Holt, 1989. Harold Sochurek, “La Salle Guerre” (pp 68-79)

Book Review

  • Fall, Bernard B. Street Without Joy; Indochina at War, 1946-54. Harrisburg, Pa: Stackpole Co, 1961.



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