French Indochina Today. Volume 2: Tonkin-Annam

Description

L’Indo-Chine française contemporaine (French Indochina today) is a comprehensive study of French Indochina, a second edition of which was published in Paris in 1885. The work is in two volumes, each with two parts, covering what at that time were the four regions of French Indochina: Cochinchina (the extreme southern part of present-day Vietnam), Cambodia, Tonkin (the northern part of Vietnam), and Annam (central and southern Vietnam except for the area occupied by Cochinchina). Presented here is volume two, which is devoted to the Protectorate of Tonkin (part III) and the Kingdom of Annam (part IV). Part III begins with a long history that touches on the overall French involvement in Vietnam, but which concentrates on Tonkin, only recently made a French protectorate. Successive chapters provide detailed treatments of the expedition to Tonkin of Francis Garnier in 1873, Henri Laurent Rivière’s seizure of the citadel of Hanoi in 1882, the ensuing war between French and Vietnamese forces, Chinese intervention in the conflict and the Sino-French war of 1884−85, and the diplomacy and treaties that ended these conflicts. Also included in this part are sections on the political geography, physical geography, and economic geography of Tonkin. Part IV contains sections on the political geography, physical geography, and economic geography of Annam. The appendix includes the texts of treaties and other agreements between France and Annam, Cambodia, Siam (Thailand), the Celestial Empire (i.e., China), and Burma.

Last updated: April 3, 2015