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This detailed and original study throws new light on the evolution of British policy in Southeast Asia in the turbulent postwar period. Extensive archival research and insightful analysis of British policy demonstrate that Southeast Asia was perceived as a region consisting of mutually cooperating new states, rather than a fragmented mass. A companion volume to Tarling's Britain, Southeast Asia and the Onset of the Pacific War (CUP, 1996), this book is a major contribution to the diplomatic and political history of Southeast Asia.Read more
- Combination of regional and country-by-country coverage
- Extends the account and analysis beyond the immediate post-war years
- Relates British policy in South-east Asia to its policy in Europe and in the Commonwealth in the early cold war phase
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"...offers much raw material for the scholar of the modern Western presence in South-East Asia..." Matthew Jones, The International History ReviewSee more reviews
"...an important book for understanding the nature of decolonization and its effect on later developments in one of the world's crucial areas." Albion
"an impressive piece of research and an invaluable syudy of a crucial period in the history of post- 1945 Southeast Asia. It can be recommended to all those interested in the modern history of the region, the history of British policy in this period, or the history of the Cold War in Southeast Asia." H-NET Reviews
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- Date Published: February 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521033367
- length: 504 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
- weight: 0.73kg
- contains: 4 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of abbreviations
1. Wartime plans for post-war Southeast Asia, 1942–1945
2. Southeast Asia after the Japanese surrender, 1945–1946
3. The re-establishment of colonial régimes in Southeast Asia, 1946
4. Concession and conflict, 1947
5. The impact of Communism, 1948
6. Commonwealth and Colombo, 1949–1950
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