Defence and Decolonisation in South-East Asia: Britain, Malaya and Singapore 1941-1967

1st Edition

Karl Hack

Routledge
Published March 4, 2015
Reference - 341 Pages
ISBN 9781138863255 - CAT# Y178192

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Summary

This book explains why British defence policy and practice emerged as it did in the period 1941-67, by looking at the overlapping of colonial, military, economic and Cold War factors in the area. Its main focus is on the 1950s and the decolonisation era, but it argues that the plans and conditions of this period can only be understood by tracing them back to their origins in the fall of Singapore. Also, it shows how decolonisation was shaped not just by British aims, but by the way communism, communalism and nationalism facilitated and frustrated these.

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