Cold War and Decolonisation

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

Andrea Benvenuti

Cold War and Decolonisation

Andrea Benvenuti

Distributed for National University of Singapore Press

320 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9789814722193 Published October 2017 For sale in North and South America and China only
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.
 
Contents
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
List of Key Policymakers
Introduction
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
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
 
Review Quotes
Brian P. Farrell, National University of Singapore
“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.”
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