In Asia the 1950s were dominated by political decolonization and the emergence of the Cold War system, and newly independent countries were able to utilize the transformed balance of power for their own economic development through economic and strategic aid programmes. This book examines the interconnections between the transfer of power and state governance in Asia, the emergence of the Cold War, and the transfer of hegemony from the UK to the US, by focusing specifically on the historical roles of international economic aid and the autonomous response from Asian nation states in the immediate post-war context.
The Transformation of the International Order of Asia offers closely interwoven perspectives on international economic and political relations from the 1950s to the 1960s, with specific focus on the Colombo Plan and related aid policies of the time. It shows how the plan served different purposes: Britain’s aim to reduce India’s wartime sterling balances in London; the quest for India’s economic independence under Jawaharlal Nehru; Japan’s regional economic assertion and its endeavour to improve its international status; Britain’s publicity policy during the reorganization of British aid policies at a time of economic crisis; and more broadly, the West’s desire to counter Soviet influence in Asia. In doing so, the chapters explore how international economic aid relations became reorganized in relation to the independent development of states in Asia during the period, and crucially, the role this transformation played in the emergence of a new international order in Asia.
Drawing on a wide range of international contemporary and archival source materials, this book will be welcomed by students and scholars interested in Asian, international, and economic history, politics and development studies.
Introduction: The Colombo Plan, aid relations, and the international order of Asia, 1950-1965, Shigeru Akita, Gerold Krozewski, and Shoichi Watanabe Part I: The Colombo Plan and economic development 1. The 1950 Commonwealth Foreign Ministers' meeting and the International Aid Programme for Asia, Shoichi Watanabe 2. ‘The weapons of the weakened’: British power, sterling balances, and the origins of the Colombo Plan, B.R. Tomlinson 3. The Colombo Plan and industrialization in India: technical cooperation for the Indian Institutes of Technology, Katsuhiko Yokoi 4. ‘A waste of time and money’? The Colombo Plan in Malaya, Singapore and the Borneo Territories during the 1950s, Nicholas J. White 5. The development and activities of the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE), 1947-1965,Ikuto Yamaguchi Part II: Changing aid relations and the Colombo Plan 6. The transformation of the Colombo Plan and the sterling area in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Shigeru Akita 7. The Colombo Plan and Japan: focusing on the Tokyo meeting, Sumio Hatano 8. Britain and the reordering of overseas aid, 1956-64: from colonial development finance to assistance to sovereign states, Gerold Krozewski 9. The Colombo Plan and British publicity policies towards Southeast Asia, 1950-1965, Junko Tomaru Part III: The Cold War, aid policies, and the international order 10. US Cold War policy and the Colombo Plan: a continuing search for regional cooperation in Asia in the 1950s, Hideki Kan 11. Peace offensive between the two wars: Khrushchev’s policy towards Asia, 1953-1964, Ilya V. Gaiduk 12. Development assistance as a Cold War tool: the United States, international institutions, and the political economy of Asian development, 1947-1965, Robert J. McMahon 13. The changing international order in Asia and Anglo-Japanese relations: from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s, Yoichi Kibata