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The Colonial BastilleA History of Imprisonment in Vietnam, 1862-1940$
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Peter Zinoman

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520224124

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520224124.001.0001

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The Prisoner Released

The Prisoner Released

(p.267) 9 The Prisoner Released
The Colonial Bastille

Peter Zinoman

University of California Press

This chapter examines why so many of the released political prisoners in French Indochina returned to the anticolonial struggle. It suggests that former prisoners' experience of communal incarceration, coupled with the efficacy of revolutionary training behind bars, served to deepen the political commitments of many jailed activists. It also discusses the colonial state's mechanism of control that discouraged the reintegration of ex-prisoners into the wider community by undermining their financial prospects and leaving them open to harassment by local officials.

Keywords:   political prisoners, political activity, anticolonial struggle, French Indochina, political commitments, reintegration of ex-prisoners

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