Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 44, No. 2

"Christopher E. Goscha’s Historical Dictionary of the Indochina War (1945-1954) is a landmark achievement. It expands the existing scholarly parameters of the conflict and provides a new model for what a historical dictionary can – and probably should – be.

"Christopher E. Goscha’s Historical Dictionary of the Indochina War (1945-1954) is a landmark achievement. It expands the existing scholarly parameters of the conflict and provides a new model for what a historical dictionary can – and probably should – be. The entries – including people, concepts, events, places, agreements, and government entities – constitute the most thorough collection of information about the Indochina War assembled in any volume. Collectively they offer readers an authoritative and well-written narrative by one of the few scholars of Southeast Asian history who has the Western and Asian language skills to produce a work of this breadth.

…Goscha’s dictionary fills the gap in available sources about the war. Not only is it the first English-language historical dictionary of a conflict commonly known in Vietnam War studies as ‘the French war’, it offers a comprehensive approach that transcends the narrow foci of works produced in France and Vietnam.

[…]in the case of Goscha’s Historical Dictionary of the Indochina War, the resulting product lands squarely on the side of magnificence."

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