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History Happy Hour Episode 120:  The First Vietnam War: Ho Chi Minh vs. The French

Guest: Christopher Goscha

The Road to Dien Bien Phu

This Week on History Happy Hour: In 1954, a Vietnamese Army shocked the world by defeating the French in an epic battle at Dien Bien Phu. How did Ho Chi Minh turn a ragtag guerrilla army into a modern seven-division fighting force capable of bringing down the formidable French Army, setting the scene for a showdown with the United States?

Chris and Rick welcome Christopher Goscha, author of The Road to Dien Bien Phu: A History of the First War for Vietnam. How war and revolution came together in a victory that foreshadowed the conflict with America still to come.

Sunday at 4PM ET on History Happy Hour, where history is always on tap.

Christopher Goscha is professor of international relations in the History Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal and a leading expert on the Cold War in Asia and the wars in Vietnam. He is the author of several books, including Vietnam, A New History (winner of the 2017 John K. Fairbank Prize – American Historical Association and finalist for The Cundhill History Prize), and the Historical Dictionary of the Indochina War (1945-1954). He lives in Montréal.

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