1st Edition

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

By Karl Hack Copyright 2001
    341 Pages
    by Routledge

    356 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Introduction; Chapter One: Frameworks; Chapter Two: 1942 and the ‘Lessons' of Singapore 1; Chapter Three: Regional Ambitions and Limited Resources (1945–54); Chapter Four: A Bottomless Pit? Forces and Bases (1945–54); Chapter Five: 1954 and Continuity in the Face of Change; Chapter Six: SEATO and Regional Policy (1954–57); Chapter Seven: Merdeka and Bases (1954–57); Chapter Eight: Merdeka and Forces (1954–57); Chapter Nine: Epilogue: From Malayan Independence to British Withdrawal


    Karl Hack

    'Karl Hack's new book is a valuable contribution ... arguably the best ground-level account of the conflict so far and essential reading for anyone concerned with British imperialism in Southeast Asia during this period.' - Race & Class