The second instalment, at the Millennium Court Art Centre, Portadown, 6th October — 22nd Novemberfeatures examples of work dating back to the early s. Friday 4 August, pm Exhibition continues:
The North Vietnamese colonel pondered this remark a moment. The first war was fought between the armed forces of the newly-minted Fourth French Republic and the guerrilla forces of several Indochinese nationalist and socialist groups.
Post-independence, the second war was fought by the USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, several Southeast-Asian countries and the forces of South Vietnam to prop up the latter's dictatorship as a bulwark against communism. The third Indochinese war was a series of conflicts from the late s to the end of the Cold Warincluding a war between Vietnam and anti-Vietnamese factions in Cambodia, and a short "punitive war" started by China against Vietnam followed by a decade-long border skirmish.
But first, some simplified background details. The Kingdom of Siam was preserved as a neutral buffer state between Indochine and the British Rajwhich had extended into modern-day Burma, though both sides shaved off ever-increasing strips of Siamese territory as desired.
While ostensibly there for the Viet people's benefit and with more than a bit of truth to that given the aforementioned developments and the fact that the French were more pragmatic and dog-petting than the usual occupiersa lot of people didn't buy it.
Chinese occupation and warfare had dominated Vietnam for nearly a millennium on and off and had imprinted on Vietnamese culture, which meant that huge swaths of the Vietnamese population had a tradition of going Occupiers out of Our Country at the slightest opportunity and even more were prepared to support them.
That's probably because the French were better at playing both the PR game and the "stomp resistance flat" game than the Chinese had managed. After about a decade or so following the conquest they were even able to maintain some degree of domestic harmony in spite of the obvious tensions and what they did, to the point where a major Vietnamese nationalist made a point of complaining that other Viet nationalists were more focused on triumphs over Cambodia, Siam, and China while being buddy with the French.
However, this didn't mean that the Viets had become happy being a non-voting colony of France; it just meant that most were happier to try and fix it peacefully and were leaning towards some sort of negotiated self-rule in Indochina. On top of this, a ton of small revolts still peppered colonial history throughout the "quiet" 's; they just didn't go anywhere.
However, the tipping point probably came when a romantic and nationalist revival sprung up around the turn of the century, and increasing exposure to Western education and ideals collided and mixed. Suddenly huge swaths of the traditionally independent, traditionally militant Viet society started to imagine what their modern Vietnam would be like, and when France tried to keep things under control according to the same-old-same-old, things started turning into a ticking time bomb.
As early as the end of World War Ia formal request was made for self-government by the Indochinese after participating in "The War to End All Wars" for the causes of democracy, liberty, and self-determination mostly as colonial workers at home and in the Western Front. Ironically, it was during the Treaty of Versailles negotiations that a young Vietnamese waiter approached United States President Woodrow Wilson to ask for help in negotiating with the French on behalf of Vietnam and the rest of French Indochina.
The Viet's name was Ho Chi Minh, who went away from the meeting much disillusioned and went to study in Moscow.
He ended up spending several years as a lecturer on socialist ideology at Canton's Whampoa Military Academy under Academy Director Chiang what's-his-name. There he helped lead a cadre of Vietnamese expatriates who shared his views on effecting political change in his homeland by means of direct action.
When France surrendered to Nazi GermanyIndochina was occupied by the Japanese military as part of their 'blockade' strategy for cutting the Kuomintang off from critically-needed sources of arms and equipment from the outside world.
Of course, the French were not to be so quickly denied. Sino-Anglo-Indian forces had just months before broken the three-year deadlock in Burma, and were at that time marching into formerly Japanese-Allied Siam.
When the Japanese surrendered, the Anglo-Indian army pressed on into Indochina and aided French forces in restoring French control by the end of the month. When Japan invaded, they kept him on his throne and ruled through him just like the French had.
This created an immediate power vacuum and shifted the "Mandate Of Heaven" onto Ho Chi Minh himself, giving him legitimacy among the people that he likely would not have had otherwise. During that time, he made some incredibly boneheaded decisions, not least of which was allowing literal crime syndicates to take over key portions of his government.
For a while, an uneasy peace punctuated by low level fighting endured while talks were conducted between the two sides.
However, despite conceding that Vietnam would have autonomy within the Indochinese Union and French Union a political association akin to The British Commonwealththe French promptly demonstrated exactly what they really thought of said agreement by declaring the independence of Cochin China the southern third of Vietnam and launching an offensive to secure the rest of Indochina.
The story of the First Indochina War December 19, - August 1, was one of ever-escalating and intensifying conflict. Initially the French States of Indochina held their own, but increasingly they had to be propped up by direct intervention from France's government and military.
Partition After the Geneva Accords, Vietnam was partitioned into two countries: As a result, the referendum was eventually scrapped, and open war broke out almost instantly thereafter.
However, Chinese support soon dropped off after the Sino-Soviet pact went bad in and got worse to the point that a war between the USSR and PRC certainly looked possible if not likely.
Which led to which if either is the subject of much controversybut they would both go on to terrorize South Vietnam in the latter half of the Fifties. The Giants Step In American involvement was initially in the form of equipment, money and "advisors", but by the s, these "advisors" were many thousands.
Foreign countries began actively fighting on both sides of the conflict most on the side of South Vietnam. Sailors claimed they were attacked by North Vietnamese torpedo boats on two separate days, but the details were so widely varied that Johnson himself said "They might have been shooting at flying fish out there", and so President Lyndon Johnson ordered a massive military presence in Vietnam to "protect the freedom" of South-East Asia and curtail the advance of Communism.
In strictly legal terms, the United States didn't enter a war, as Congress never wrote a declaration of war; the entire conflict was essentially an executive order. If you go into any U. Despite drawing heavily on French treatises on Revolutionary Warfare written by Indochina-War veterans and implemented in The North African Crisis ofthe 'lessons learned' from the French were arguably rather skewed.
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