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Rice Wars in Colonial Vietnam : The Great Famine and the Viet Minh Road to Power

By: Gunn, Geoffrey C.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Asia/Pacific/Perspectives: Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014Description: 1 online resource (345 p.).ISBN: 9781442223035.Subject(s): Famines -- Vietnam | Vietnam -- Colonization | Vietnam -- Economic conditions -- 20th century | Vietnam -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Rice Wars in Colonial Vietnam : The Great Famine and the Viet Minh Road to PowerDDC classification: 959.704 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. Summary: This book offers the first detailed English-language examination of the Great Vietnamese Famine of 1945, which left at least a million dead, and links it persuasively to the largely unexpected Viet Minh seizure of power only months later. Drawing on extensive research in French archives, Geoffrey C. Gunn offers an important new interpretation of Japanese-Vichy French wartime economic exploitation of Vietnam's agricultural potential. Gunn asks whether the famine signaled a loss of the French administration's "mandate of heaven," or whether the overall dire human condition was the determining fa
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This book offers the first detailed English-language examination of the Great Vietnamese Famine of 1945, which left at least a million dead, and links it persuasively to the largely unexpected Viet Minh seizure of power only months later. Drawing on extensive research in French archives, Geoffrey C. Gunn offers an important new interpretation of Japanese-Vichy French wartime economic exploitation of Vietnam's agricultural potential. Gunn asks whether the famine signaled a loss of the French administration's "mandate of heaven," or whether the overall dire human condition was the determining fa

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Famine and war are frequent bedfellows, with civilian deaths due to starvation and malnutrition sometimes outnumbering battlefield casualties. This scenario was clearly the case in colonial Indochina as WW II reached its climax. The great famine of 1944-45 is largely unknown or forgotten in the West, and this new book by Gunn (emer., Nagasaki Univ., Japan) appears to be the first title in English to discuss it at length. In examining the famine, Gunn discusses the role of natural disaster, rice requisitions by the occupying Japanese forces, and ineffective administration by Vichy French authorities. However, most of the book is a prelude to the famine itself, as Gunn examines Vietnamese agriculture, prewar resistance to French rule, and the rise of the Viet Minh and its efforts to gain a foothold in rural areas. This book is a welcome addition to scholarship on Vietnam, but its organization, complex content, and writing style may place it beyond the grasp of general readers or most undergraduate students. Summing Up: Recommended. Researchers, faculty, graduate students. D. R. Graber Wayne State College

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