By Edward Rice Maximin
During this cautious old research, Edward Rice-Maximin records the reactions of the French Left to the 1st Indochina warfare, 1944-1954. not like earlier works, which dealt solely with the politics of the French Communists, this booklet is likely one of the first to accommodate the whole French left and to concentration without delay at the function of the Socialists.
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In terms of size and governmental influence, the Italian Communists most closely resembled the French, but Italy had no colonies. The British did have colonies, but their Communist Party was extremely small and without any governmental influence and, moreover, agreed with the ruling Labour Party's advocacy of independence for India and Burma. In Belgium, Communists held minor posts in the ministry, but none of their colonies were in revolt. The East Indies were in revolt, but the Dutch Communists were not part of the government.
Meanwhile, soon after the bombing of Hiroshima, Ho Chi Minh moved quickly into the political vacuum created by the Japanese defeat. By 19 August, the Vietminh were in control of Hanoi. " In Saigon, the Vietminh takeover was more complicated but reasonably secure. " On Sunday, 2 September, Ho Chi Minh solemnly proclaimed the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) and declared full independence from France. He named the United States and China as special allies but made no mention of the Soviet Union.
Sainteny, determined to see the tricolore fly once more over Indochina, refused to meet with him and called his movement "Communist," "Moscow-oriented," and incapable of governing. Such intransigeance angered Patti, who considered the French tenure in Indochina "one of the worst possible examples of peonage, disregard for human rights, and . . " Despite Sainteny's allegations, there is no evidence of any wartime liaison between the Soviet Union and Communist resistance formations in Southeast Asia.
Accommodation and Resistance: The French Left, Indochina and the Cold War, 1944-1954 (Contributions to the Study of World History) by Edward Rice Maximin