Developing an Alliance: The Soviet Union and Vietnam, 1954–75

  • Ilya V. Gaiduk
Part of the Problems in Focus: Manchester book series (PIFM)


On 21 July 1954 at the former headquarters of the League of Nations, the Palais des Nations in Geneva, delegates of the nine states participating in the conference on Indo-China gathered for the final plenary session. This session crowned an almost three-month-long marathon of hard negotiations, back-stage activities, secret meetings and public declarations with an agreement on settlement of the conflict in Indo-China. As in the days of the League of Nations, the great powers, now Great Britain, France, the USSR, the Unites States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), played a decisive role in defining prospects of the future peace in the faraway region; as before, the United States refused to associate itself with the conference’s final documents.


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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    For the details on the 1954 Geneva conference on Indo-China and for an analysis of its final documents see Robert F. Randle, Geneva 1954: The Settlement of the Indochinese War (Princeton, 1969 ).Google Scholar
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    David L. Anderson, Trapped by Success: The Eisenhower Administration and Vietnam, 1953–1961 (New York, 1991) p. 63.Google Scholar
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    See, for example, Anthony Eden, Full Circle: The Memoirs of Anthony Eden (Boston, 1960);Google Scholar
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    Francois Joyaux, La Chine et le règlement du premier conflict d’Indochine (Genève 1954) ( Paris, 1979 ); Randle, op. cit.Google Scholar
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    Final Declaration on Indochina, 21 July 1954. Lloyd C. Gardner, Approaching Vietnam. From World War II Through Dienbienphu (New York, 1988) appendix, p. 416.Google Scholar
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    James R. Arnold, The First Domino: Eisenhower, the Military, and America’s Intervention in Vietnam (New York, 1991) pp. 307–8.Google Scholar
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    Robert S. McNamara with Brian Van De Mark, In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam (New York, 1995) pp. 131–8.Google Scholar
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