By Edward Rice Maximin
During this cautious old research, Edward Rice-Maximin files the reactions of the French Left to the 1st Indochina struggle, 1944-1954. in contrast to earlier works, which dealt completely with the politics of the French Communists, this booklet is likely one of the first to house the total French left and to concentration at once at the function of the Socialists.
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99-113; FRUS, 1946, V, Western Europe (WE), Caffery (Paris), 27 January, p. 407; FRUS, 1946, VIII (FE), Caffery, 6 February, pp. 24-25. 11. Hammer, pp. 123-124; Devillers, pp. 163-185, 200-201; Bernard Fall, Le Vietminh, Paris, 1960, pp. 45-54; George Sheldon, "Status of Vietnam," Far Eastern Survey, 18 December 1946, pp. 373-377 (American observers); R. E. M. Irving, The First Indochina War, London, 1975, pp. 16-17, n. 19, p. 35. Irving and Donald Duncanson (Conflict Studies, October 1973, p. 5) surprisingly assert that the Vietminh held no elections in January 1946.
Commissioner Sainteny, whose wife was the daughter of Albert Sarraut, a former Governor-General of Indochina, came from a conservative family and had strong financial ties to the colonial regime. ) Certainly he was the French official closest to the Vietminh leadership and well appreciated their hold over the Vietnamese people. Nevertheless, in 1946, Sainteny was a highly dedicated French colonialist who, except for an abiding personal admiration for Ho Chi Minh, was never seduced by the Vietnamese Revolution (as Sadoul had been by the Bolsheviks).
Moreover, "a large measure of international tranquility" depended on the fate of the overseas world. " At the same time, democracy could not come to the colonies until a true democracy was established in France. Explicitly, this meant that the colonial trusts would first have to be destroyed. Implicitly, the PCF would first have to come to power. " Only "Hitlerian and Trotskyist propaganda" could assert that the PCF was abandoning its traditional position on the colonial and national question and, for "opportunist reasons," was joining the imperialist camp.
Accommodation and Resistance: The French Left, Indochina and the Cold War, 1944-1954 (Contributions to the Study of World History) by Edward Rice Maximin