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Southeast Asia and the Great Powers

1st Edition

By Nicholas Tarling


288 pages

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The success of regionalism in Southeast Asia depends on the attitudes of the states within the region but also on the attitude of those outside it. This book is an erudite and stimulating study on the latter. Placing these states in a long term historical context Tarling brings out the way in which the rivalries of those powers within the region and outside it have affected the states within the region. He also shows how divisions within the region, and within states in the region, offered invitations and opportunities for intervention from outside, and so perhaps gave Southeast Asia an importance in international relations it would not otherwise have had. Regional leaders appear in recent decades to have recognised what may be construed as one of the lessons of history; if Southeast Asia can provide security for the Straits route, and stable conditions for trade and investment, it might enjoy both peace and a measure of prosperity.

Southeast Asia and the Great Powers is an important read for students and scholars of the history and international relations of Southeast Asia.


"[T]his is a meticulously researched work, as evidenced by the numerous endnotes and citations…it is a rich mine of facts and insights both on South East Asia and the policies and actions of the 'great powers' with respect to it. The book is a handy reference work for someone seriously interested in South East Asia and the major powers' policies and actions in and towards it." - Rodolfo C. Severino, South East Asia Research, Vol 18. No 4 (December 2010)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. India 3. Britain 4. France 5. Japan 6. Russia 7. The United States 8. China 9. Australia and New Zealand

About the Author

Nicholas Tarling is a Fellow of the New Zealand Asia Institute at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and one of the world’s leading authorities on the history of Southeast Asia. His publications include Southeast Asia: A Modern History, Imperialism in Southeast Asia: A Fleeting Passing Phase, Nationalism in Southeast Asia: If the People Are With Us, Regionalism in Southeast Asia: To Foster the Political Will.

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 / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General