(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

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The first constitution of Laos, written by popularly elected Lao delegates under French supervision, is put into effect on 11 May 1947. It declares Laos to be an independent state within the French Union, and also officially recognizes all ethnic…

During World War II, Laos falls under Japanese control, at first through the collaborationist Vichy French government (from 30 August 1940 onwards), and later through outright occupation (9 March – 15 August 1945). During this period, most Hmong…

During World War II, Cambodia is occupied by Japan, which invades the French protectorate in August 1941. For a brief period, from 9 March - 10 October 1945, Cambodia delcares itself an independent nation, the Kingdom of Kampuchea, although its…

Prince Norodom Sihanouk becomes King of Cambodia on 3 May 1941.

Japan occupies Việt Nam during World War ll with approval of the Vichy government in France. The Japanese utilize French military facilities and economic resources in Việt Nam (rice, coal, rubber, and other raw materials) to launch massive…

On 6 September 1932, Bảo Đại, theoretically emperor since 1925, returns to Việt Nam from school in France to ascend the throne of a puppet monarchy. He is Việt Nam’s last emperor.

French authorities suspect the Vietnamese Nationalist Party of assassinating a high-ranking French official in 1929 (possibly at Communist instigation). The French imprison party supporters and launch a thorough but clandestine investigation of the…

On 25 December 1927, the Vietnamese Nationalist Party, or Việt Nam Quốc Dân Đảng, is founded, becoming the most prominent non-Marxist organization of the 1920s and holding far greater appeal among the Vietnamese masses than do the Communists…
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