Rice Wars in Colonial Vietnam: The Great Famine and the Viet Minh Road to Power

Rice Wars in Colonial Vietnam: The Great Famine and the Viet Minh Road to Power

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This book offers the first detailed English-language examination of the Great Vietnamese Famine of 1945, which left at least a million dead, and links it persuasively to the largely unexpected Viet Minh seizure of power only months later. Drawing on extensive research in French archives, Geoffrey C. Gunn offers an important new interpretation of Japanese–Vichy French wartime economic exploitation of Vietnam’s agricultural potential. Gunn asks whether the famine… (more)