ABSTRACT

The August uprising bears out the truth of the aphorism. In ignorance of the decisions reached at Tan Trao, they were compelled to take measures into their own hands as they reacted to the confusing events that followed the end of the war. It is useful to keep this fact in mind in evaluating the major events surrounding the August Revolution, lest we assume that the Party was able to orchestrate the uprising from its headquarters outside of Hanoi. The significance of the August Revolution, then, must be found not in the simple fact that the Indochinese Communist Party (ICP) used both political and military struggle, but in the degree to which these factors were carefully interwoven in the fabric of the Party's revolutionary strategy. The significance of the famine issue for the August Revolution is suggested by the history of rural revolt in North Vietnam.