Britain, Southeast Asia and the Onset of the Cold War, by Nicholas Tarling

By Nicholas Tarling

This special and unique learn throws new gentle at the evolution of British coverage in Southeast Asia within the turbulent postwar interval. vast archival learn and insightful research of British coverage reveal that Southeast Asia used to be perceived as a zone together with collectively cooperating new states, instead of a fragmented mass. A significant other quantity to Tarling's Britain, Southeast Asia and the Onset of the Pacific battle (CUP, 1996), this e-book is a huge contribution to the diplomatic and political heritage of Southeast Asia.

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I cannot believe that this will serve any useful purpose . . The last sentence can hardly be thought encouraging to anyone. But if department really want it, I must get Prime Minister's approval before I take it to Cabinet. ' The last sentence was altered to take out the reference to the Siamese 'saving themselves from the worst consequences of the treachery of their Government'. Instead account was to be taken of their contribution to their own liberation, a phrase borrowed from the Moscow declaration on Austria.

Instead account was to be taken of their contribution to their own liberation, a phrase borrowed from the Moscow declaration on Austria. 71 It finally decided against a declaration. The draft was felt to be 'unduly favourable . . , bearing in mind the attitude of Siam in going to war with us notwithstanding the treaty of nonaggression between the two countries'. 72 In October the State Department returned to the charge, stressing the importance of reaching 'if possible, a common policy towards Thailand'.

Sarawak could be expected to come under military occupation, and an agreement became essential, particularly as that occupation would be by Australian forces. The impatience of the British government was all the greater since it was now in Labour hands and, while Labour for the most part stuck to the policies of the wartime coalition, it was disposed not only to reduce the role of sultans in Malaya, but to get rid of the raj in Sarawak. The restoration of relations with Siam In the heyday of Britain's imperialism, Siam had retained its independence.

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