By Tran My-Van
Prince Cuong De, seen by way of the French as a pretender to the Vietnamese throne, was once a tremendous and fascinating determine within the historical past of Vietnam’s fight for independence. He was once extremely popular by way of many non-communist Vietnamese nationalists, yet has been nearly ‘written out’ of Vietnamese historical past.
Based on large unique learn, together with interviews and critical records from the French nationwide information, this book lines the lifetime of Cuong De as a royal exile in Japan, exploring his hyperlinks to key jap leaders and the way he campaigned for his reason and was once supported in Japan, Vietnam and elsewhere. The author shows how Cuong De had nice hopes that imperial Japan may develop the reason for Vietnamese independence from France, specifically through the eastern career of Vietnam in 1941-5. yet those hopes have been disenchanted as Japan's Indochina coverage gave primacy to Japan's personal monetary and strategic self-interest.
This booklet presents many desirable insights into the improvement of Vietnamese nationalism and the lengthy, harsh fight for independence, from the point of view of an engaging and undeservedly ignored figure.
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