The Geneva Conference of 1954 on Indochina (Paperback)
  • The Geneva Conference of 1954 on Indochina (Paperback)
zoom

The Geneva Conference of 1954 on Indochina (Paperback)

(author)
£40.00
Paperback 179 Pages / Published: 01/01/1986
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
The Geneva Agreements of 1954 were widely welcomed. They ended a seven-year war in Indochina; gave France a dignified exit; averted wider conflict. In later years first Americans and Vietnamese, then Russians, Chinese, Cambodians and even Laotians tried to force Indochina into different patterns of their own devising. These new wars triggered by rejection of the Geneva compromise lasted longer, killed more people, did greater damage and achieved less - for everybody. Perhaps Churchill was right: jaw-jaw is better than war-war. Certainly this lively, first-hand, up-dated account of the Geneva Conference of 1954 - that triumph of old-fashioned diplomacy, which Britain initiated and France completed - offers a better model for the twenty-first century to follow.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349182909
Number of pages: 179
Weight: 261 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 1986


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Specialists will welcome the reprinting, after fourteen years, of what is probably Sir James Cable's most important book. For, surprisingly, it remains the only work that primarily focuses on the British role in defusing the Indo-China Crisis of 1954...a valuable book which it is good to see available again.' - David Carlton, Times Literary Supplement

'The British delegation included the young James Cable...an engaging writer and a shrewd observer of how personalities affect what goes on round conference tables (and, often more important, in the corridors outside).' - Morrison Halcrow, Daily Telegraph

'Sir James Cable's ...ability to provide a lucid and engrossing account of a dramatic performance that was always taking place on a revolving stage has produced a small jewel of modern diplomatic history.' - Anthony Short, International Relations

'Britain's swan song as a great power - admirably recorded in this eminently readable book'. - C.L. Wayper, Cambridge

'The Geneva Conference was very much a British enterprise. Until now...the British role has never been adequately told. Cable, an insider in the policy deliberations in London and a member of the British delegation at Geneva, adds measurably to our knowledge.' - Journal of Asian Studies

'James Cable's book is a valuable contribution to the already considerable body of literature on Vietnam...and offers the unique perspective that the author, a member of the British delegation at the conference, can provide. His anecdotes and deft portraits of Anthony Eden, Georges Bidault and other leaders enrich the account.' - Donald S. Birn, American Historical Review

You may also be interested in...

From the Ruins of Empire
Added to basket
The Great Game
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Burma Campaign
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Forgotten Highlander
Added to basket
Chickenhawk
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Railway Man
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Genghis Khan
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Return of a King
Added to basket
The Mongol Empire
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Dispatches
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
1421
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
A Short History of Byzantium
Added to basket
India
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Last Mughal
Added to basket
The Art of War
Added to basket
£2.99
Paperback
A Brief History of the Samurai
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.