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America's strategy in Southeast Asia; from the Cold War to the Terror War.


America's strategy in Southeast Asia; from the Cold War to the Terror War.

Tyner, James A.

Rowman & Littlefield


241 pages




Tyner (geography, Kent State U.) examines US empire-building in Southeast Asia in terms of what he calls "geographic imperatives" that are economic, political, territorial, and moral in scope. His thesis is that the discursive construction among US foreign policy makers of Southeast Asia as a geographic entity following World War II was largely a product of American imperial objectives, including the wish for an economically strong and pro-Western Japan able to contain communism. He also contends that post-September 11th geographic understandings of Southeast Asia generally share continuities with the previous era. The overarching goal of the work is to demonstrate how the construction of supposedly objective geographic knowledge often masks the hidden state imperatives that are mentioned above.

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Date:May 1, 2007
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