For Immediate Release
Minneapolis, MN, USA. April 4, 2018—Vietnam under French Rule, 1919-1946: The
Nationalist Challenge and the Japanese Threat, is the first in a new series of primary documents
available in Cambridge Archive Editions Online, a joint effort by Cambridge University Press and East
View Information Services.
Now scholars will be able to trace the struggle between colonialism and nationalism in 20th Century
Indochina from a unique British perspective, in the form of 3,500 pages of reports and memoranda
unlocked from the UK National Archives for Web access.
Riveting materials in Vietnam under French Rule include an ‘insignificant’ appeal by a young Ho Chi
Minh at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference; unsealed material on Ho’s imprisonment in Hong Kong during
the 1930s; a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ between Britain and Chiang Kai-shek over spheres of influence
in Indochina; wartime dispatches detailing Japanese occupation; and the last published edition of the
Times of Saigon. Scholarly editors have carefully selected, described, and arranged each document
chronologically in thematic sections.
“No other collection delves this deeply into the Vietnamese struggle for nationhood under successive
yokes of Chinese domination, Japanese occupation, and French colonial rule,” said Kent Lee, East View’s
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