CHEN, King C.
Title: Vietnam and China, 1938-1954. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1969,
Seller ID: 113815
CHEN, King C. Vietnam and China, 1938-1954. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1969. First Edition. Pp (6),vii-xv,(3),3-436,(2). 8vo, orange-gold cloth, red lettering to spine. King C. Chen (b. 1926, Fujian, China - d. June 9, 1993, Newark) political scienctist and historian. "Historians will undoubtedly record that no war with a foreign enemy has so divided theUnited States as the war in Vietnam. In the debate on the war, the questio n has often been asked: Why and how did the United States get involved? This is one of the central questions in Professor Chen's book, which describesHo Chi Minh's rise to leadership of the Vietnamese Communist party and his relations with the Nationalists and then the Communists in China. The auth or traces Vietnamese/Chinese relations from 300 B.C., through the French takeover in 1885 and the Chinese revolution of the 1940s to the Geneva Conference in 1954, when the American involvement in Vietnam began. Two chapters are devoted to the negotiations at Geneva and to a comparison of the positions of the United States, North Vietnam, Britain, Communist China, and the Soviet Union. Professor Chen explores the questions: Did the Sino~Vietnamese relationship after World War II assist or hinder the Viet~Minh? Why was the Viet~Minh able to obtain Chinese military aid without inviting massive Chinese intervention, as happened in Korea? What was the Soviet position on the Indochinese war of 1946~1954 and at Geneva? Is there any difference between Vietnam's relations with the weak Nationalist China of the 1940s and those with the powerful Communist regime of the 1950s? In Taiwan Professor Chen obtained access to a large collection of unpublished Chinese official and private documents concerning Sino~Vietnamese relations during the period1940 to 1950. In addition to this material, he makes use of interviews and correspondence with North Vietnamese and Nationalist Chinese officials act ive during the 1930s and the Second World War, supplemented by Vietnamese and Chinese publications and monitored radio broadcasts from party~controlled stations." - from the dj. Chapters : 1. The Background; 2. Ho Chi Minh inChina, 1938-1945; 3. The Birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and t he Chinese Occupation, 1945-1946; 4. Chinese Influence : Decrease and Increase, 1946-1949; 5. A Chinese Revolutionary Model for Vietnam, 1950-1954; 6.The Geneva Settlement, 1954; 7. Epilogue: Peking, Hanoi, and a New Peace f or Vietnam. Appendices: I. Poems from Prison Diary by Ho Chi Minh; II. Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Viet-Nam; III. Treaty, Agreement and Exchange of Notes between the Republic of France and China,1946; IV. Geneva Agreements. With bibliography and index. Name on inside f ront cover, else very good in spine-sunned and lightly marked price-clippeddustjacket. 55.00