A Modern History of Southeast Asia: Decolonization, Nationalism and Separatism

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I.B.Tauris, Feb 15, 1998 - History - 312 pages
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The massive transformations that occurred in the decade 1940-50 were decisive in shaping the modern history of Southeast Asia, and have determined the course of politics in the region right up to the present day.

The 1940s saw the break-up of the European colonial empires in Southeast Asia and the creation of independent nation states. However, this nationalist revolution met resistance, not only from the colonial powers, but also from peripheral communities and regions that felt their identity to be threatened by these emerging nation-states and by the ideologies dominating Asian nationalism. A number of secession movements developed and separatist rebellions broke out and, although no movement achieved its objectives, some were resurrected during the Cold War when the region came to be seen as a key strategic zone.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Decolonization Separatism and Loyalism
25
The Straits Settlements and Malaya
27
Burma in the colonial period
52
the Karens of Burma
53
Indochina and the Vietnamese Central Highlands
81
the Montagnards of Vietnam
82
Eastern Indonesia and the Republic of the South Moluccas
107
Northern Arakan
160
the Arakanese
161
the Malays of Patani
173
The MalayaThailand border region
185
Conclusion
191
The territorial claims of FULRO and the Front de Liberation des Hauts Plateaux du Champa
223
April 1950
224
Notes
231

the Republic of Indonesia
108
Decolonization and Separatism
127
Aceh and Sumatra
139
the Acehnese Revolt
140
Bibliography
259
Index
276
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Fellow and Lecturer in History and Southeaset Asian Studies, Hull University.

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