The Dutch East Indies, French Indochina
, and the Philippines are virtually ignored.
Congai's republication for an Anglophone readership is particularly welcome in a period when the revival of colonial literature on French Indochina
has been undertaken almost exclusively in the French language, in particular by the French publishers Kailash and L'Harmattan.
The overemphasis on the internal rivalry between Hmong leaders and the dichotomous framework that Lee employs to depict Hmong life in French Indochina
, however, marks a shortcoming of Dreams of the Hmong Kingdom.
There exists in the sexual relationships of Western white men and Asian brown women in French Indochina
an exploitive nature that assists in identifying one cause of the bitter Franco-Viet Minh War that erupted in the mid-1940s.
Moreover, British politicians were resentful because Thailand had declared war on the Allies when the Japanese marched into that country because, somewhat earlier, the Thai had seized areas of Cambodia--by then part of French Indochina
Imperial Heights: Dalat and the Making and Undoing of French Indochina
, by Eric T.
World War II involved most of the world, including French Indochina
(now Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia), British and Italian Somaliland (now Somalia), and French North Africa (now Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia).
But he writes gripping passages about collective mobilization among the workers, including the courageous strikes in Akron, French Indochina
, and Malaya.
Rather than focusing on one particular colonized region of the globe or one historical period, this work includes discussions of the former French Indochina
, Africa, the Caribbean, North America, and immigration in France in order to represent the aggregate of the French colonial legacy as it influences present-day cultural forms and representations.
Pierre Brocheux and Daniel Hemery, Vietnam specialists at the University of Paris, embarked on this study of the French Empire in Southeast Asia as a corrective to works by Western and Vietnamese historians that have, in the authors' opinion, suffered from a dichotomous approach that viewed French Indochina
externally through the lens of "benign imperialism" or internally through that of a "nationalist struggle.
In July 1941, the Imperial Japanese Army advanced into the southern part of French Indochina
with an eye to obtaining oil and other resources in the Dutch East Indies (currently Indonesia).
This is a useful if curiously old-fashioned survey of the establishment, operation and eventual demise of the colonial empire in what came to be called French Indochina
, the political entity made up of modern Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.