Nationalism in Southeast Asia seeks a definition of nationalism through examining its role in the history of southeast Asia, a region rarely included in general books on the topic. By developing such a definition and testing it out, Tarling hopes at the same time to make a contribution to southeast Asian historiography and to limit its 'ghettoization'.
Tarling considers the role of nationalism in the 'nation-building' of the post-colonial phase, and its relationship both with the democratic aspirations associated with the winning of independence and with the authoritarianism of the closing decades of the 20th century.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Definitions and Chronologies 1. Definitions 2. Chronologies Part 2 Colonial States 3. Construction 4. Nationalist Movements 5. Invasion and Interregnum Part 3 Nation-States 6. Independence 7. Popular Sovereignty 8. Challenges Part 4 Historiography 9. History and Heritage Bibliographical Note Index
Nicholas Tarling is a Fellow of the New Zealand Asia Institute, The University of Auckland.