When, in 1931, the Vietnamese revolutionary Nguyen Ai Quoc was discovered to be hiding in Hong Kong, the French authorities requested the British extradite him to Indochina where a death sentence awaited.
The need to preserve alliances was a compelling reason not to use nuclear weapons in Vietnam.
A look at the Vietnam War from two contrasting perspectives.
The ‘First Television War’ was also documented in over 5,000 songs. From protest to patriotism, popular music reveals the complexity of America’s two-decade long experience struggling against communism in Vietnam.
Vietnamese national identity has been forged in opposition to foreign invaders. But while a united Vietnam is a recent development, the country has long been coloniser as well as colonised.
Though UK governments rejected US requests to send troops to Vietnam, Britain did not stay out of the war, says Marc Tiley.
The connexions of the French with Vietnam began in the eighteenth century; D.R. Watson describes how their legacy was passed to the United States in 1954.
The last Vietnamese emperor was born on October 22nd, 1913.
Viv Sanders takes issue with some all too common assumptions.