Borneo in the Cold War, 1950-1990: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Borneo in the Cold War, 1950-1990

1st Edition

By Keat Gin Ooi


440 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138910782
pub: 2019-08-22
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Although by about 1950 both British Borneo, including the protected sultanate of Brunei, and Indonesian Borneo seemed settled under their different regimes, and well on the way to post-war reconstruction and economic development, the upheavals which affected Southeast and East Asia during the Cold War period also deeply affected Borneo. Besides the impact of the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the Malayan Emergency and communist uprisings in other Southeast Asian states, there was within Borneo itself the attempted communist takeover of Sarawak from the 1950s, a failed coup d’état in 1962, Sukarno’s Konfrontasi (confrontation) with Malaysia, and the horrific purge of leftists and ethnic Chinese in the late 1960s. This book details these momentous events and assesses their impact on Borneo and its people. It is a sequel to the author’s earlier books The Japanese Occupation of Borneo, 1941-1945 (2011) and Post-War Borneo, 1945-1950: Nationalism, Empire, and State-Building (2013), collectively a trilogy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Global Cold War 3. British Borneo under Colonial Administration 4. Bitterness and Intrigue: The Chinese Left in Sarawak 5. British Protectorate of Brunei: Discontent amidst wealth, 6. Kalimantan: From Parliamentary Democracy to Guided Democracy 7. Igniting Borneo, 8. A Cauldron of Violence: Massacres and Guerrilla War, 9. Concusion.

About the Author

Ooi Keat Gin, FRHistS, is Professor of History and Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Research Unit (APRU-USM) at the School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia as well as editor-in-chief, International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies