Going Indochinese

Contesting Concepts of Space and Place in French Indochina

Christopher E. Goscha

192 pp., illustrated
NIAS Classics # 3
Available from NIAS Press worldwide

Hardback - 2012, Available
ISBN 978 87 7694 069 0, £30.00
Paperback - 2013, Available
ISBN 978 87 7694 099 7, £13.99

  • A well-written and interesting study of the formation of the modern Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian nation-states.
  • Confirms the accusation that the Vietnamese communists were expansionists trying to establish an Indochinese federation.
  • Goscha’s innovative concept of space has a wider applicability far beyond the time and place he describes.

Why, Benedict Anderson once asked, did Javanese become Indonesian in 1945 whereas the Vietnamese balked at becoming Indochinese? In this classic study, Goscha shows that Vietnamese of all political colours came remarkably close to building a modern national identity based on the colonial model of Indochina while Lao and Cambodian nationalists rejected this precisely because it represented a Vietnamese entity. Specialists of French colonial, Vietnamese, Southeast Asia and nationalism studies will all find much of value in Goscha’s provocative rethinking of the relationship between colonialism and nationalism in Indochina.

First published in 1995, the revised edition of this remarkable study is augmented with new material by the author and a foreword by Eric Jennings.

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