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By Robert C. Cottrell

* This sequence examines the foremost effects of arbitrary border making in global historical past - prior and current * those experiences describe arbitrary borders as locations the place humans have interaction another way from the best way they might had the boundary now not existed * Analytical, yet effortless to learn, those short histories will entice a vast sweep of readership

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24 Denying a desire to subjugate the Vietnamese, Harmand indicated that the French protectorate, with its arbitrary borders, must be accepted. This, he indicated, would result in “peace and prosperity” for the Vietnamese and offered “the only chance of survival” for the Vietnamese government and court. If this 33 34 VIETNAM: THE 17TH PARALLEL In the late nineteenth century, French colonialists were forced to grapple with Vietnamese guerrillas who had the tacit support of the emperor’s court. supposedly magnanimous offer were declined, Harmand continued, “the most frightful things” would befall the Vietnamese: “The Dynasty, its Princes and its Court will have pronounced sentence on themselves.

This followed the rescue of a downed American pilot, Lieutenant Rudolph Shaw, who been forced to parachute near the border separating Vietnam from its formidable northern neighbor. Vietminh forces handed Shaw over to Ho, who greeted him warmly and agreed to help the American officer reach the Chinese border. S. 14th Air Force was headquartered. As they traveled, the Japanese carried out a coup in early March, resulting in the expulsion of the French regime. 45 Fenn set up a meeting with Ho for General Chennault, who thanked him for helping rescue 53 54 VIETNAM: THE 17TH PARALLEL Lieutenant Shaw.

People first, guns last. If we have the people on our side, then we will have guns. 36 These and other communist leaders gathered for a series of meetings in May and June, at which Ho presided. They decided that the Indochinese Communist Party should silence the calls for social revolution and focus on the emancipation of Vietnam from colonial rule. Party leaders were to support moderate social reforms and democratic liberties rather than the nationalization of industries or the collectivization of farming lands.

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