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How does a nation come to terms with losing a war-especially an overseas war whose purpose is fervently contested?
In the years after the war, how does such a nation construct and reconstruct its identity and values?
For the French in Indochina, the stunning defeat at Dien Bien Phu ushered in the violent process of decolonization and a fraught reckoning with a colonial past.
Contesting Indochina is the first in-depth study of the competing and intertwined narratives of the Indochina War.
It analyzes the layers of French remembrance, focusing on state-sponsored commemoration, veterans' associations, special-interest groups, intellectuals, films, and heated public disputes.
These narratives constitute the ideological battleground for contesting the legacies of colonialism, decolonization, the Cold War, and France's changing global status.
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