A Short History of Cambodia: From Empire to Survival (A by John Tully

By John Tully

During this concise and compelling background, Cambodia’s prior is defined in shiny element, from the richness of the Angkorean empire throughout the darkish a long time of the 18th and early-19th centuries, French colonialism, independence, the Vietnamese clash, the Pol Pot regime, and its present incarnation as a troubled democracy. With full of life writing and keenness for the subject, John Tully covers the whole sweep of Cambodian historical past, explaining why this land of contrasts continues to be an enticing enigma to the overseas group. Detailing the miserable checklist of warfare, famine, and invasion that has threatened to break Cambodia, this dialogue exhibits its survival to be a testomony to the resilience of the human spirit.

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The French now began punitive raids on villages assisting the Viet throughout: 'The Viet Minh. They forcibly evacuated entire regions, creating a vast refugee problem - and more Viet Minh supporters. The French did not - and could not - hold the countryside. They were safe only in the Essentially it cities. was a question of whether a strong military force could defeat 24 France in Vietnam And it was the infrastructure of the Viet mixed results in battle, which sustained Giap's strategy of protracted war - and which warrants attention.

The commander of the airborne forces at Dien Bien Phu was the fierce Breton aristocrat, Colonel Pierre Langlais. In the far north-west He describes the situation after only six weeks: 'As of 32 1 January 1954, -W General Vo Nguyen Giap addressing the People's Army the of North Vietnam, first ' platoon of what was to become December 1944. Ho Chi Minh the military (left) planning campaign against the French with his generals in 1946, with party theoretician Truong Chinh and General Vo Nguyen Giap.

In the valley center The old Meo houses were being pulled down to help build bunkers and posts. A central airstrip was taking shape; the five low hills around and seven outer bastions, would form a chain of strongholds, each with artillery and infantry battalions. With these, and with air supremacy, Navarre's forces would move out to destroy Viet Minh supply lines, forcing he believed - a set-piece battle and negotiations. Navarre had no illusions that he could win the war: the French had lost overall mobility, but he knew that a victory in this remote valley had huge political and ideological importance for France and the Alliance.

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