Vietnam War Bibliography:


Eugenie Margareta Blang, "To urge common sense on the Americans: United States' relations with France, Great Britain, and the Federal Republic of Germany in the context of the Vietnam War, 1961-1968. Ph.D. dissertation, College of William and Mary, 2000. 284 pp. AAT 9989342. Rather short for such a broad topic. The full text is available online if you are browsing the Internet from an institution, such as Clemson University, that has a subscription to ProQuest "Dissertations and Theses: Full Text."

Laurent Césari, "Que reste-t-il de l'influence politique française in Indochine (1954-1966)?" in Pierre Brocheux, ed., Du conflit d'Indochine aux conflits indochinois (Paris: Éditions Complexe, 2000), pp. 21-36.

Thierry Dahan, La Ve République et le Vietnam, 1959-1976. Lille, France: Atelier national de reproduction des thèses, 2004. 667 pp. This is Dahan's doctoral thesis, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, 1998. The main text ends on p. 389; the annexes on pp. 391-640 include maps, documents, and illustrations. I have seen a reference to an edition published by Presses Universitaires du Supentrion, 1999, but I am not sure this was accurate.

Charles de Gaulle, Discours et messages. 5 vols. Paris: Plon, 1970-1971.

Charles de Gaulle, Mémoires d'espoir. Paris: Plon, 1970- . Vol. 1: Le renouveau, 1958-1962. Vol. 2: L'effort, 1962-.

Charles de Gaulle, Mémoires. Paris: Gallimard, 2000. cxl, 1505 pp.

Claude DuLong, La dernière pagode. Paris: Grasset, 1989. 275 pp. Written by the wife of Jean Sainteny.

Charles Fourniau, Le Vietnam face à la guerre. Paris: Editions Sociales, 1966. 288 pp. 2d ed. 1967. 318 pp. Strongly pro-Communist; the author was in North Vietnam from 1963 to 1965 as a correspondent for the French Communist Party newspaper l'Humanité.

Charles Fourniau, Le Vietnam que j'ai vu (1960-2000). Paris: les Indes Savantes, 248 pp. Almost half the book (pp. 12-115) is devoted to Fourniau's stay in North Vietnam from October 1963 to July 1965, as a correspondent for l'Humanité. pp. 116-142 cover visits to North Vietnam between 1968 and 1972; pp. 143-243 deal with postwar Vietnam.

Max Paul Friedman, "Anti-Americanism and U.S. Foreign Relations," Diplomatic History, 32:4 (September 2008), pp. 497-514.

Lloyd C. Gardner and Tet Gittinger, eds., The Search for Peace in Vietnam, 1964-1968. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2004. vi, 406 pp.

Alfred Georges, Charles de Gaulle et la guerre d'Indochine. Paris, 1974.

Christoper Goscha and Maurice Vaïsse, eds., La guerre du Vietnam et l'Europe, 1963-1973. Bruxelles: Bruylant/Paris: L.G.D.J., 2003. xxvii, 491 pp. A collection of papers, some in French and some in English. About one-quarter of the papers deal with France, including:

Pierre Journoud, De Gaulle et le Vietnam: 1945-1969, la réconciliation. Paris: Tallandier, 2011. 542 pp.

Pierre Journoud and Cécile Menétrey-Monchau, eds., Vietnam, 1968–1976: La sortie de guerre/Exiting a War. Bruxelles: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2011.

Enjeux Internationaux/International Issues, no. 17. 378 pp. plus CD.

Bethany S. Keenan, "'Vietnam Is Fighting for Us:' French Identities and the U.S. - Vietnam War, 1965-1973." Ph.D. dissertation, History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009. x, 323 pp.

Bethany S. Keenan, "'Flattering the Little Sleeping Rooster': The French Left, de Gaulle, and the Vietnam War in 1965," Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques 37:1 (2011), pp. 91-106.

Bethany S. Keenan, "'The US Embassy Has Been Particularly Sensitive about This': Diplomacy, Antiwar Protests, and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs during 1968," French Historical Studies 41:2 (April 2018), pp. 253-73.

Jean Lacouture, De Gaulle, 3 vols. Paris: Seuil, 1984-1986. Vol. 1, Le rebelle, 1890-1944. Vol. 2, Le politique, 1944-1959. Vol. 3, Le souverain, 1959-1970.

Bernard Ledwidge, De Gaulle et les américains: Conversations avec Dulles, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Rusk, 1958-1964. Paris: Flammarion, 1984. 163 pp.

Fredrik Logevall, "de Gaulle, Neutralization, and American Involvement in Vietnam, 1963-1964,"

Pacific Historical Review, 41 (February 1992), pp. 69-102.

Lori Maguire, "Triangular Francs: The Eisenhower Administration's Complicated Franco-American-South Vietnamese System of Foreign Aid to Saigon." Journal of American-East Asian Relations 28:3 (December 2021), pp. 356-382.

Étenne Manac'h, Mémoires d'extrême Asie. 3 vols. Paris: Fayard, 1977-1982.

Garret Martin, "Untying the Gaullian Knot: France and the Struggle to Overcome the Cold War Order, 1963-8." Ph.D. dissertation, London School of Economics.

Garret Joseph Martin, General De Gaulle's Cold War: Challenging American Hegemony, 1963-1968. New York and Oxford: Berghahn, 2013. 282 pp.

Ministère des Affaires Étrangères, Commission des Archives Diplomatiques, Documents Diplomatiques Français.

Nguyen Thuy Phuong, "The rivalry between the French and American educational missions during the Vietnam War (1955-1975)," International Journal of the History of Education, Special Issue 1-2, Volume 50, 2014, pp. 27-41.

Nguyen Thuy Phuong, L'école française au Vietnam de 1945 à 1975. Encrage, 2017.

Christian Nuenlist, Anna Locher, and Garret Martin, eds., Globalizing De Gaulle: International Perspectives on French Foreign Policies, 1958-1969. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield), 2010. The papers most relevant to Vietnam are:
      Yuko Torikata, "The U.S. Escalation in Vietnam and de Gaulle's Secret Search for Peace, 1964-1966" (pp.155-80)
      Qiang Zhai, "Seeking a Multipolar World: China and de Gaulle's France" (pp. 181-202)

Nicolas Pas, "'Six heures pour le Vietnam': Histoire des Comit&eacuts;s Vietnam français 1965-1968," Révue historique 302:1 (2000), pp. 157-85.

Francois de Quirielle, À Hanoi sous les bombes americaines. Paris: Tallandier, 1992. De Quirielle was the French representative in Hanoi from January 1966 to July 1969.

Philippe Richer, Hanoï 1975: Un diplomate et la réunification du Viêt-nam.  Paris: l'Harmattan, 1993.  105 pp.  Richer was the French ambassador in Hanoi in 1975.

Sabine Rousseau, La colombe et le napalm: des chrétiens français contre les guerres d'Indochine et du Vietnam, 1945-1975. Paris: CNRS, 2002. xxii, 370 pp. Documentary appendices are pp. 337-359.

Jean Sainteny, Face à Ho Chi Minh. Paris: Seghers, 1970. 201 pp. Translated by Herma Briffault as Ho Chi Minh and his Vietnam: A Personal Memoir. Chicago: Cowles, 1972. xii, 193 pp. Sainteny negotiated with the Vietnamese Communists in the 1940s, and Charles de Gaulle sent him to Hanoi as an emissary in the 1960s.

Laurent Schwartz, A Mathematician Grappling with His Century. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhauser, 2001. viii, 490 pp. French original Un mathématicien aux prises avec le siècle (Odile Jacob, 1997). Schwartz, who had previously been a conspicuous opponent of France's war in Algeria, also became an opponent of the American war in Vietnam.

Douglas Snyder, "The Indochina Syndrome: War, Memory, and the Franco-American Conflict over Vietnam, 1963-73." Ph.D. thesis, University of Colorado, 2014. DA 3621414.

Kathryn C. Statler, Replacing France: The Origins of American Intervention in Vietnam. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007. xii, 378 pp. Traces Franco-American relations, in regard to Vietnam, from about 1950 up at least to the 1960s.

Marianna P. Sullivan, France's Vietnam Policy: A Study in French-American Relations. Westport: Greenwood, 1978. 165 pp.

Hugues Tertrais, "Les intérêts français en Indochine entre 1954 et 1975" in Pierre Brocheux, ed., Du conflit d'Indochine aux conflits indochinois (Paris: Éditions Complexe, 2000), pp. 37-52.

Yuko Torikata, "Reexamining de Gaulle's Peace Initiative on the Vietnam War," Diplomatic History 31:5 (November 2007), pp. 909-938.

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