Praise for THE GENEVA CONFERENCE OF 1954 ON INDOCHINA James Cable "The British delegation included the young James Cable ... an engaging writer and a shrewd observer of how personalities affect what goes on round conference tables and, often more important, in the corridors outside. Morrison Halcrow, Daily Telegraph "Sir James Cable's ... ability to provide a lucid and engrossing account of a dramatic performance that was always taking place on a revolving stage has produced a small jewel of modern diplomatic history.' - Anthony Short, International Relations -Britain's swan song as a great power - admirably recorded in this eminently readable book.' — C.L. Wayper, Cambridge
The Geneva Agreements of 1954 were widely welcomed. They ended a seven-year war in Indochina; gave France a dignified exit; averted wider conflict. In later years first Americans and Vietnamese, then Russians, Chinese, Cambodians and even Laotians tried to force Indochina into different patterns of their own devising. These new wars triggered by rejection of the Geneva compromise lasted longer, killed more people, did greater damage and achieved less - for anybody. Perhaps Churchill was right: jaw-jaw is better than war-war. Certainly this lively, first-hand, updated account of the Geneva Conference of 1954 - that triumph of old-fashioned diplomacy, which Britain initiated and France completed - offers a better model for the 21st century to follow.
Sir James Cable was twice involved with Indochina: as a member of the British delegation to the Geneva Conference in 1954 and as head of the South East Asia Department of the Foreign Office from 1963 to 1966. Since he retired from the Diplomatic Service as Ambassador to Finland in 1980 he has been a freelance writer and lecturer on international relations and naval affairs. His thirteenth book, The Political Influence of Naval Force in History, was published in 1998. He has also been a contributor to other books and TV programmes about Indochina.
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