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Author Remme, Tilman, 1961-

Title Britain and regional cooperation in South-East Asia, 1945-49 / Tilman Remme.

Published London : New York : LSE/Routledge, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  959.053 REMM    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 261 pages : map ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [243]-249) and index.
Contents Pt. I. Return to South-East Asia. 1. Wartime planning and diplomacy. 2. The dilemma of peace in South-East Asia. 3. 'Famine averted': the Special Commission in Singapore. 4. Regional cooperation and regional defence -- Pt. II. Asian nationalism. 5. India, Vietnam and the limits of colonial cooperation. 6. Singapore and the 'radiation of British influence'. 7. Regional competition: India and Australia. 8. Regional competition: the United Nations and ECAFE. 9. Western Union and South-East Asia -- Pt. III. Communism. 10. Cold War and Commonwealth. 11. Enter the dragon: South-East Asia and the Chinese civil war. 12. Regional cooperation and regional containment. 13. The final stages of regional planning. 14. The Colombo and beyond.
Summary Britain and Regional Cooperation in South-East Asia, 1945-49 traces plans by the British Foreign Office to establish an international regional system in South-East Asia, that would allow Britain to dominate the region politically, economically and militarily. Tilman Remme explores the changing emphasis of Britain's regional policies, from plans in 1945 for cooperation with other colonial powers to the aim of drawing India and other fledgling Asian states into a Singapore-based regional organisation. Dr. Remme examines the effects of nationalism and of the colonial wars in Vietnam and Indonesia, as well as competing regional initiatives by India, Australia and the United Nations which threatened British dominance in the region. He further shows how, after the Malayan Emergency of 1948, regional cooperation became Britain's key strategy to contain communism in Asia.
By tracing Britain's foreign policy initiatives, Tilman Remme puts the issues affecting South-East Asia in the postwar period into a wider context, discussing events in the light of the sudden Japanese defeat in the Second World War, the transfer of power in India, the communist struggle for supremacy in China, the development of Anglo-American relations in Asia and the beginnings of the Cold War.
Subject Southeast Asia -- Politics and government -- 1945-
Southeast Asia -- Relations -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Relations -- Southeast Asia.
ISBN 0415097533