Britain, Southeast Asia and the Impact of the Korean War

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By Nicholas Tarling

A sequel to the author's previous two books Britain, Southeast Asia and the Onset of the Pacific War (1996) and Britain, Southeast Asia and the Onset of the Cold War (1998), this book discusses Britain's policy towards Southeast Asia in the period 1950-55 when it was crucially affected by the struggle in Korea. The phases in that struggle - briefly described and placed in world context - provide a context for discussing Britain's relations with Burma, Thailand, Indonesia and Indo-China.

Covering the dispute over West New Guinea and the Chinese Nationalist incursion into Burma, the book gives a full account of the Geneva conference, 50 years ago, which reached a settlement regarding Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia, and of the creation of the SEATO alliance. The focus of the work is on British policy, and it is largely based on a study of British official records.

Nicholas Tarling (1931–2017) was Professor of History at the University of Auckland 1968-97 and has since been a Fellow of its New Zealand Asia Institute. He held the Cambridge LittD degree. He was editor of The Cambridge History of Southeast Asia and has published many other books and articles in that field and others. His most recent books include Britain and Sihanouk's Cambodia, Britain and the Neutralisation of Laos, Studying Singapore's Past: C.M. Turnbull and the History of Modern Singapore and The British and the Vietnam War: Their Way with LBJ


Publication Year: 2005
552 pages, 229mm x 152mm
ISBN: 978-9971-69-315-2, Paperback

NUS Press