'Why, Benedict Anderson once asked, did Javanese become Indonesian in 1945 whereas the Vietnamese balked at becoming Indochinese? In this classic study, Goscha shows that Vietnamese of all political colours came remarkably close to building a modern national identity based on the colonial model of Indochina while Lao and Cambodian nationalists rejected this precisely because it represented a Vietnamese entity. Specialists of French colonial, Vietnamese, Southeast Asia and nationalism studies will all find much of value in Goscha’s provocative rethinking of the relationship between colonialism and nationalism in Indochina.

'First published in 1995 as Vietnam or Indochina? Contesting Concepts of Space in Vietnamese Nationalism, this remarkable study is augmented with new material by the author and a foreword by Eric Jennings.' (Back cover)

Includes bibliography and index.
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NIAS Classics Series | Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Classics Series

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Introduction: Going Indochinese?
1. Setting Indochina into Motion Together: The Franco-Annamese Alliance
2. Annamese Colonial Nationalists between Indochina and Annam
3. Annamese Revolutionaries between Indochina and Vietnam
4. Contesting Space and Place in Indochina: Laotian and Cambodian Views
5. One Last Try? Vichy's Turn
Conclusion: Letting Go of Indochina?
Going Indochinese: Contesting Concepts of Space and Place in French Indochina
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Going Indochinese: Contesting Concepts of Space and Place in French Indochina