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. In turn, their different perspectives on the political, economic, and cultural currents of the "post-colonial" era - including Southeast Asia's gradual adjustment to globalizing forces - enhance understanding of the dynamics of the decolonization process. 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.
Introduction, Marc Frey, Ronald Pruessen, and Tan Tai Yong; 1. Dimensions of Decolonization, Paul H. Kratoska; 2. The Impact of the Second World War 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, 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. The Limits of Decolonization, Wang Gungwu