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The Transformation of Southeast Asia: International Perspectives on Decolonization
Edited by: Marc Frey; Ronald W. Pruessen; Tai Yong Tan

Cloth ISBN: 978-0-7656-1139-0 Paper ISBN: 978-0-7656-1140-6
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Information: 376pp. Bibliography, index.
Publication Date: August 2003.  


Description: This book provides the basis for a reconceptualization of key features in Southeast Asia's history. Scholars from Europe, America, and Asia examine evolutionary patterns of Europe's and Japan's Southeast Asian empires from the late nineteenth century through World War II, and offer important insights into the specific events of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

Drawing on new and wide-ranging research in international relations, economics, anthropology, and cultural studies, the book looks at the impact of decolonization and the struggle of the new nation-states with issues such as economic development, cultural development, nation-building, ideology, race, and modernization. The contributors also consider decolonization as a phenomenon within the larger international structure of the Cold War and the post-Cold War eras.

Selected Contents:

Introduction Marc Frey, Ronald Pruessen, and Tan Tai Yong
1. Dimensions of Decolonization Paul H. Kratoska
2. The Impact of World War II on Decolonization Jost Dulffer
3. The Economic Impact of Decolonization in Southeast Asia: Economic Nationalism And Foreign Direct Investment, 1945-1965 J.Thomas Lindblad
4. Monarchy and Decolonization in Indochina Bruce M. Lockhart
5. France and the Associated States of Indochina, 1945-1955 Hugues Tertrais
6. The Indonesian Revolution and the Fall of the Dutch Empire: Actors, Factors, and Strategies Marc Frey
7. Theories and Approaches to British Decolonization in Southeast Asia Karl Hack
8. British Attitudes and Policies on Nationalism and Regionalism Nicholas Tarling
9. The "Grand Design": British Policy, Local Politics and the Making of Malaysia, 1955-1961 Tan Tai Yong
10. Making Malaya Safe for Decolonization: The Rural Chinese Factor in the Counterinsurgency Campaign Kumar Ramakrishna
11. "Nationalism" in the Decolonization of Singapore Albert Lau
12. Franklin Roosevelt, Trusteeship and U.S. Exceptionalism: Reconsidering the American Vision of Postcolonial Vietnam Mark Philip Bradley
13. The United States and Southeast Asia in an Era of Decolonization, 1945-1965 Robert J. McMahon
14. John Foster Dulles and Decolonization in Southeast Asia Ronald W. Pruessen
15. Between SEATO and ASEAN: The United States and the Regional Organization of Southeast Asia Kai Dreisbach
16. Parable of Seeds: The Green Revolution in the Modernizing Imagination Nick Cullather
17. Afterword: The Limits of Decolonization Wang Gungwu
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Comment(s): "As we move further and further away from the European imperial age the historical significance of colonialism and decolonisation seems to grow. Here is a volume of strong essays that investigate the ending of European rule right across Southeast Asia -- comparing the experience of one society with another, and showing how the constitutional and economic configuration of the region has been shaped by the colonial experience. The view is stated eloquently that to understand Southeast Asia today we must recognise that the process of decolonisation is still underway." -- Anthony Milner, Basham Professor of Asian History, Australian National University

Review(s): "Recommended." -- Choice Vol. 41 No. 8

"...the publication of this volume is very timely and useful to those interested in Southeast Asian history in general, because the modern history of Southeast Asia is either about colonization or decolonization of the region." -- Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 26 No. 1

"...very worthwhile. Its overall structure is well coordinated, and the general analysis of the decolonization process is anchored in solid historical studies of decolonization in Indochina, the Malaysian region and Indonesia in particular." -- Pacific Affairs, Vol.77, No.3

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