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Cold War and Decolonisation

Australia’s Policy towards Britain’s End of Empire in Southeast Asia

In this book, Andrea Benvenuti discusses the development of Australia’s foreign and defense policies toward Malaya and Singapore in light of the redefinition of Britain’s imperial role in Southeast Asia and the formation of new postcolonial states. Benvenuti sheds light on the impact of Britain on Australia’s political and strategic interests in Southeast Asia during the Cold War. It will be of interest to historians of Australia’s foreign relations, Southeast Asia, and the British Empire and decolonization.

320 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2017

Asian Studies: Southeast Asia and Australia

History: British and Irish History

Political Science: Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, and International Relations

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“Benvenuti paints a careful and convincing portrait of an Australia that engaged difficult and finely balanced problems of Cold War and decolonization in Southeast Asia with sober maturity, and adjusted effectively to volatile and changing conditions. . . . An important recasting of a pivotal chapter in Cold War, Southeast Asian, and Australian history.”

Brian P. Farrell, National University of Singapore

“Brings out well the shifts in Australian attitudes toward Britain’s approach to the decolonisation of the empire. It offers an insightful Australian view of domestic political developments in Malaya and Singapore. Its employment of Australian, British, and US sources to tell a complex story deserves praise. The work is also clearly structured and elegantly crafted.”

Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
List of Key Policymakers
Chapter 1 Australia’s Road to Malaya
Chapter 2 Colonial Malaya and Singapore
Chapter 3 Malaya’s Road to Independence
Chapter 4 The Singapore Conundrum, April 1955-May 1956
Chapter 5 Coping with Uncertainty, 1956-57
Chapter 6 Dealing with the PAP, 1958-60
Chapter 7 Greater Malaysia, 1961
Chapter 8 Greater Malaysia, 1962-63
Chapter 9 Epilogue

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