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The Great Vietnamese Famine of 1944-45 Revisited


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Title: The Great Vietnamese Famine of 1944-45 Revisited
Authors: Gunn, Geoffrey C.
Issue Date: Mar-2011
Publisher: 長崎大学経済学部 東南アジア研究所 / The Research Institute of Southeast Asia, Faculty of Economics, Nagasaki University
Citation: 東南アジア研究年報, 52, pp.81-105; 2011
Abstract: This article revisits the great Vietnam famine of 1944-45 in light of flaws in human agency as well as destabilization stemming from war and conflict. Although the great famine was never construed as a war crime by the Allies, the question of blame, alongside agency or lack of it, was an issue between the French and the Viet Minh in the immediate aftermath of the Japanese surrender and entered into propaganda recriminations. Both Japan and France were blamed. As one of the least well known tragedies arising out of the Pacific War, this article adopts a general truth-seeking approach to the disaster, not only as a contribution to war and memory studies, but equally to the literature on famine prevention.
Keywords: Vietnam / Japan / French colonialism / Pacific War / agriculture / food sufficiency / famine / famine prevention
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/25151
ISSN: 05471443
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
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