Indochina, France, and the Viet Minh War, 1945-1954: Records of the U.S. State Department

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Comprising records of the State Department's Central Classified Files, this collection contains records relating to the internal affairs of Indochina, during the period 1945-49. The records include instructions sent to and correspondence received by the State Department; the State Department's internal documentation, as well as correspondence between the Department and other federal departments and agencies, Congress, and private individuals and organizations; telegrams, airgrams, instructions, inquiries, studies, memoranda, situation reports, translations, special reports, plans, and official and unofficial correspondence.

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Features and Benefits

  • Illuminates the French attempt to re-impose colonial rule in Indochina, the coalition politics of Ho Chi Minh, the role of the Viet Minh and nationalist parties in the anti-French resistance, the influence of the Chinese Communists, and the political and military strategies of both the French and resistance forces.
  • Supplements and compliments the coverage offered by the Department of State's own Foreign Relations of the United States series.
  • Special reports on political and military affairs.
  • Studies and statistics on socioeconomic matters.
  • Interviews and minutes of meetings with foreign government officials.
  • Court proceedings and other legal documents.
  • Full texts of important letters, instructions, and cables sent and received by U.S. diplomatic personnel.
  • Voluminous reports and translations from foreign journals and newspapers.
  • Countless translations of high-level foreign government documents, including speeches, memoranda, official reports, and transcripts of political meetings and assemblies.