Connecting Histories: Decolonization and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, 1945–1962
Connecting Histories: Decolonization and the Cold War in Southeast Asia, 1945–1962 draws on newly available archival documentation from both Western and Asian countries to explore decolonization, the Cold War, and the establishment of a new international order in post-World War II Southeast Asia. Major historical forces intersected here—of power, politics, economics, and culture on trajectories East to West, North to South, across the South itself, and along less defined tracks. Especially important democratic-communist competitions sought the loyalties of Southeast Asian nationalists, even as some colonial powers sought to resume their prewar dominance. These intersections are the focus of the contributions to this book, which use new sources and approaches to examine some of the most important historical trajectories of the 20th century in Burma, Vietnam, Malaysia, and a number of other countries.
Christopher E. Goscha is Associate Professor of History at the University of Québec at Montreal. Christian Ostermann directs the Woodrow Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. Contributors come from Canada, France, Malaysia, Russia, the Philippines, Singapore, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
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