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Southeast Asia and the Cold War.


Southeast Asia and the Cold War.

Ed. by Albert Lau.



293 pages



Routledge contemporary Southeast Asia series; 47


Twelve chapters are presented by Lau (history, National U. of Singapore) as part of an effort to contribute to the historiography of the Cold War in Southeast Asia by examining not only the ways in which the conflict shaped national and regional change, but also how the context influenced the course and tenor of the Cold War in the region, as well as the usefulness and limitations of using the Cold War as an interpretative framework for understanding regional and national change in Southeast Asia. Geographically extending the topic beyond the typical focus on the Korean and Vietnam wars, contributions discuss such topics as the Philippines search for security in the first years of the Cold War; decolonization and the Cold War in Singapore; the early Cold War in Malaysia as seen from the memoirs and writings of former Malayan Communist Party members; the impact and legacy of the Cold War in British Borneo; domestic and foreign policy impacts of the Cold War in Indonesia; the Vietnam War; Thailand and the secret war in Laos (1960-74); the Cold War and Thai democratization; and the 1970 Jakarta conference on Cambodia.

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Date:Aug 1, 2012
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