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Britain, Southeast Asia and the Onset of the Pacific War (Hardback)
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Britain, Southeast Asia and the Onset of the Pacific War (Hardback)

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Hardback 452 Pages / Published: 26/04/1996
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This book describes British policy in South-East Asia in the early years of World War II. Britain, a major colonial power in Asia at this time, was unable to maintain its military dominance as war with Germany taxed its resources. Instead, Britain attempted to establish diplomatic dominance, trying to avert the Japanese military expansion and total penetration of Asia, and relying on the Americans to help. This book focuses in detail on Britain's wartime relations with Dutch India, the Philippines, French Indo-China and Thailand. It is an important reinterpretation of the origins of the Pacific War which escalated European conflict into a world war.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521553469
Number of pages: 452
Weight: 830 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Nicholas Tarling has produced a judiciously argued, thorough examination of the role fulfilled by Southeast Asia within the context of the immediate origins of the Pacific conflict ...Tarling presents a clear and reliable guide through the complexities of this topic.' Peter Lowe, English Historical Review
'Professor Tarling's kind of detailed historical analysis is the only way in which historians can hope to understand the sudden and irreversible transformation which overwhelmed colonial power in South-East Asia. He himself is an acknowledged master of such analysis, and of the British, American and Australian government archives that are needed to trace the course of such events ... a major contribution to the framework of historical reference within which further research must continue.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
"...this careful study...is a thorough piece of work that will not soon be superseded." Raymond A. Callahan, Albion
"Scholarly, thought-provoking, and well documented, with maps and a complete bibliography." W.W. Reinhardt, Choice
"Tarling's book...gives the reader a dizzying, kaleidoscopic image of the complex situation that faced policy makers at [this] time." Journal of Cold War Studies
" This is a well constructed book full of sound judgements....Tarling has illuminated a negelected aspect of the Second World War and contributed to the understanding of the decolonization of South-East Asia which followed that conflict." Ian McGibbon, International History Review
"...his book is a valuable addition to a still-growing body of literature on aspects of the war in Asia that, unfortunately, is likely to be consigned to a smaller audience than it deserves." Michael A. Barnhart, American Historical Review
"...this careful study...is a thorough piece of work that will not soon be superseded." John D. Fair, Albion
"Thoroughly researched...this is a detailed, blow-by-blow account of British policy and British attitude towards the policies of its partners in the Western alliance." John Kent, American Historical Review

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