The 1945 August Revolution – A symbol of miracle struggle
QĐND - Sunday, August 19, 2012, 21:48 (GMT+7)
PANO – The 67th anniversary of August Revolution and National Independence Day (September 2nd) have been celebrated nationwide.
The August Revolution (August 19th) is considered the second important event, after the Russian October Revolution in 1917 because it had been carried out at the right time and its success had great influence on not only the resistant war in Vietnam, but also in other countries in the world, especially colonial countries at that time.
The success of August Revolution became a driving force for international experts and historians to further study its result.
At the 224th page of the second volume of book, “The world talk about Vietnam”, British author and historian Thomas Hodgkin evaluated that August Revolution is the second important revolution in the world’s history, after the Russian October Revolution. This is the first revolution under the leadership of the 15 year old communist Party that successfully overthrew colonialist administration.
Taking place after the end of World War II, the 1945 August Revolution marked the starting point of a new period of time, when de-colonialism took over colonialism.
In a book published in 1991, a Norwegian historian Stein Tonnesson pointed out that the Declaration of independence in 1945 in Vietnam became the source of inspiration of a different way of struggle. Among communist revolutions, the revolution of Vietnamese people contained vitality and could result in lots of changes.
According to historian Charles Fournieau, a former President of the French-Vietnamese Friendship Association, the August Revolution marked an important point in Vietnam’s history and reflected the justice of the Vietnamese people’s resistance war against foreign invaders. Furthermore, the success of the Revolution played an important role in revolutionary movements in Indochina and in the world as a whole as it is one of the first national liberation struggle world wide.
Another French historian Alain Ruscio evaluated that the success of Vietnam’s August Revolution is not only a striking but a logical and inevitable event in the history of struggle of the Vietnamese nation. He also emphasized that this is great event of Vietnam nation.
Not only historians, but many international journalists have shared the same view that the success of the August Revolution in Vietnam is thanks to the wise leadership of Vietnamese Communist Party, led by President Ho Chi Minh. This led to the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in Sept. 2nd, 1945.
Translated by Tran Hoai