Non-Western Studies Expert Publishes Article on Ho Chi Minh

Dr. Tim Smith, FRHistS, professor of non-Western history at Huntington University, has published a new article in Historical Yearbook focused on British officials’ clandestine meetings with Ho Chi Minh before the outbreak of the First Vietnam War. Minh was a Vietnamese revolutionary who served as prime minister of Vietnam from 1945 to 1955 and as president of Vietnam from 1945 until his death in 1969.

Smith’s peer-reviewed article, titled “Clandestine Meetings in Hanoi: British Liaisons with Ho Chi Minh, and Vo Nguyen Giap, in 1946,” considers the attempts by both the British Foreign Office and Secret Intelligence Service personnel (stationed in the French colony of Vietnam in 1946) to gain a better understanding of the political intentions of Ho Chi Minh and the Vietminh. In doing so, British personnel in Hanoi and Saigon conducted several meetings with Ho Chi Minh and other Vietnamese nationalist and communist leaders. This enabled Britain to gain a refined understanding of the relationship between Vietnamese nationalism and communism, and it permitted the British Government to develop a more practical approach in dealing with emergent Cold War creeds than its other Western counterparts.

“British involvement in the origins of the Vietnam War has fascinated me for over 25 years,” said Smith. “Records in the National Archives in London clearly highlight the existence of numerous clandestine meetings, especially by British spies, with Ho Chi Minh behind the back of French officials, which piqued my curiosity for this article.”

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